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

 

              Lanny Breuer, right, Assistant Attorney General  of the Justice Department
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)