The Drug Enforcement Administration’s largest job is to fight the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. — so it is quite surprising to find out that they have deals in place to work with the largest and most violent drug cartel in Mexico.
According to an investigation by El Universal, a major newspaper in Mexico, the United States government had a decade-long agreement with the powerful and bloody Sinaloa Cartel. Between 2000 and 2012, the investigation claims, the U.S. permitted the cartel to smuggle billions of dollars worth of drugs past the border and into the American homeland. In exchange for this smuggling assistance, the Sinaloa Cartel allegedly provided information and tips about rival cartels in Mexico.
To back up this shocking revelation, El Universal provided court documents, which show testimony from a U.S. DEA Agent and Justice Department officials.
“The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the U.S.,” states the newspaper report.
This deal may also have connections to the infamous Fast and Furious scandal, during which Attorney General Eric Holder and other administration officials secretly moved weapons into Mexico. According to sources in Mexico, the Fast and Furious guns may have been part of an arrangement to arm allied cartels in exchange for intel, and allow them to kill rival cartels. Unfortunately, that operation may have led to the death of innocent Mexican and American citizens.
The Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for a large piece of the drug smuggling puzzle — including 80% of all drugs that enter the Chicago area. That cartel is also responsible for killing literally tens of thousands of rival cartel members and civilians south of the border.
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