The U.S. Government And The Sinaloa Cartel – Business Insider u s anti money laundering laws

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Vicentillo being presented to the media in mexico city on march

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An

Investigation by el universal found that between the years

2000 and 2012, the U.S. Government had an arrangement with

Mexico’s sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to

Smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while sinaloa provided

Information on rival cartels.

Sinaloa, led by joaquin el chapo guzman, supplies

80% of the drugs entering the chicago area and has a presence

In cities across the U.S.

There have long been allegations that guzman,

Considered to be the world’s most powerful drug trafficker,

Coordinates with american authorities.

But the el universal

Investigation is the first to publish

Court documents that include corroborating testimony from

A DEA agent and a justice department official.

The written statements were made to the U.S. District court

In chicago in relation to the arrest of jesus vicente

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Zambada-niebla, the son of sinaloa

Leader ismael el mayo zambada and allegedly the

Sinaloa cartel’s logistics coordinator.

Here’s what DEA agent

Manuel castanon told the chicago court:

On march 17, 2009, I met for

Approximately 30 minutes in a hotel room in mexico city with

Vincente zambada-niebla and two other individuals — DEA agent

David herrod and a cooperating source [sinaloa lawyer loya

Castro] with whom I had worked since 2005. … I did all of the talking on

Behalf of [the] DEA.

A few hours later, mexican marines arrested zambada-niebla

(a.K.A. El vicentillo) on charges of

Trafficking more than a billion dollars in cocaine and

Heroin. Castanon and three other agents then visited

Zambada-niebla in prison, where the sinaloa officer reiterated

His desire to cooperate, according to castanon.

El universal, citing court documents, reports that DEA agents met

With high-level sinaloa officials such as castro more than 50

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Times since 2000.

Then-justice department prosecutor patrick hearn

Told the chicago court that, according to DEA special agent

Steve fraga, castro provided information leading to a 23-ton

Cocaine seizure, other seizures related to various drug

Trafficking organizations, and that el mayo

Zambada wanted his son to cooperate with the

U.S.

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Screenshot from the documents published by el

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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.,

Reports el universal, which also interviewed more than one hundred active

And retired police officers as well as prisoners and

Experts.

Zambada-niebla’s lawyer claimed to the court that in the

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Late 1990s, castro struck a deal with U.S. Agents in which

Sinaloa would provide information about rival drug trafficking

Organizations while the U.S. Would dismiss its case against the

Sinaloa lawyer and refrain from interfering with

Sinaloa drug trafficking activities or actively prosecuting

Sinaloa leadership.

The agents stated that this arrangement had been approved

By high-ranking officials and federal prosecutors,

Zambada-niebla lawyer wrote.

After being extradited to chicago in february 2010,

Zambada-niebla

Argued that he was also immune from arrest or prosecution because

He actively provided information to U.S. Federal agents.

Zambada-niebla

Also

Alleged that operation fast and furious was part of an

Agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take

Down its rivals. (if true, that

Re-raises the issue regarding what attorney general eric

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Holder knew about the gun-running arrangements.)

A mexican foreign service officer

Told stratfor in april 2010 that the U.S. Seemed to have

Sided with the sinaloa cartel in an attempt to limit the violence

In mexico.

El universal reported that the coordination between the U.S. And

Sinaloa, as well as other cartels, peaked between 2006 and 2012,

Which is when drug traffickers consolidated

Their grip on mexico. The paper concluded by saying that it

Is unclear whether the arrangements continue.

The DEA and other U.S. Agencies declined to comment to el

Universal.

[UPDATE 1/14] this post has caused many to

Interpret that the U.S. Government is actively supporting

Sinaloa. That has not been established, despite claims by

Zambada- niebla’s lawyer and stratfor’s

Source. What el universal’s investigation and the newly

Published court documents reveal is that there was a strong

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Correlation from 2005 and 2009 between the rise of the

Sinaloa cartel and the DEA’s relatively regular contact with a

Top sinaloa lawyer.