Lanny Breuer, right, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, addresses a news conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. British bank HSBC has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle a New York based-probe in connection with the laundering of money from narcotics traffickers in Mexico, U.S. authorities announced Tuesday. Joining Breuer are, from left, Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen; Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton; and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Lanny Breuer, right, Assistant Attorney General  of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, addresses a news conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. British bank HSBC has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle a New York based-probe in connection with the laundering of money from narcotics traffickers in Mexico, U.S. authorities announced Tuesday. Joining Breuer are, from left, Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen; Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton; and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Lanny Breuer, right, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, addresses a news conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. British bank HSBC has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle a New York based-probe in connection with the laundering of money from narcotics traffickers in Mexico, U.S. authorities announced Tuesday. Joining Breuer are, from left, Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen; Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton; and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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