Operation Fast And Furious Was Meant To Supply Guns To The Sinaloa Cartel

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A high-ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel operative currently  in U.S. custody alleges that Operation  Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the Sinaloa  cartel in exchange for information used to take down rival cartels, according to court documents.

The statement was made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistics coordinator” in charge of arranging massive drug shipments from  Latin America to the United States as well as the son of cartel  leader Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia and a close associate to  kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Zambada-Niebla was arrested by Mexican authorities in March 2009 and  extradited to Chicago to face drug trafficking charges.

From the court document:

[T]he United States  government at its highest levels entered into agreements with cartel  leaders to act as informants against rival cartels and received benefits in  return, including, but not limited to, access to thousands of weapons  which helped them continue their business of smuggling drugs into  Chicago and throughout the United States, and to continue wreaking havoc on  the citizens and law enforcement in Mexico. 

Zambada-Niebla believes that he, like  the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel, was “immune from  arrest or prosecution” because he also actively provided information to U.S.  federal agents.

In its official  response to the discovery motion, the government stated  that there are “classified materials” regarding the case but  argued they “do not support the defendant’s claim that he was promised immunity  or public authority for his actions.”

Zambada-Niebla’s lawyer is seeking government “documents,  files, recordings, notes, and additional forms of evidence” that would support  claims that federal agents personally assured Zambada-Niebla that “he would not be arrested, that the agents  knew of his prior cooperation… that they just wanted to continue  receiving information… [and] that the arrangements with him had  been approved at the highest levels of the United States  government.”

Zambada-Niebla was allegedly arrested five hours after he  met with the federal agents.

Jason  Howerton of  the Blaze reports that the documents  detailing the relationship between the federal government and the Sinaloa Cartel  “have still not been released or subjected to review — citing matters of  national security.”

The motion for discovery claims the agreement between the U.S.  government and the Sinoloa cartel began sometime before 2004 and lasted at least  until March 2009 as part of America’s “Divide and Conquer” strategy  against other cartels, in which the U.S. would use “one drug organization to  help against others.”

From the court document:

Under that agreement, the  Sinaloa Cartel under the leadership of defendant’s father, Ismael Zambada-Niebla  and “Chapo” Guzman, were given carte blanche to continue to smuggle  tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States and  were also protected by the United States government from arrest and  prosecution in return for providing information against rival  cartels which helped Mexican and United States authorities capture or kill  thousands of rival cartel members.

Zambada-Niebla’s trial is scheduled to begin on October  9.

Howerton notes that while experts have doubted that  Zambada-Niebla had an official agreement with the U.S. government, the defense  wants to put the agents on the stand, under oath, to testify about the  Sinaloa-U.S. relationship. source: Businessinsider

More reading: Mexican Official Accuses CIA Of ‘Managing’ Not ‘Fighting’ The Drug Trade

“It’s like pest control companies, they only control. If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug  business, they finish their jobs.”





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