Recent investigations by El Universal have uncovered court documents directly linking the United States Government to assisting Mexican drug cartels in the shipments of billions of dollars of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine across Mexico-US borders. The investigation, by El Universal, (spanish) has reveled court documents linking the United State Drug Enforcement Agency to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. The Sinaloa cartel, among other things, are well-known to supply over 80% of drugs into the city of Chicago. It would seem that the DEA, in fact, have been the ones supplying 80% of Chicago’s drugs.
The known head of the Sinaloa cartel is a man by the name of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman is regarded by many as one of the most powerful drug-traffickers across the globe. However the Drug Enforcement Agency has a different opinion regarding Mr. Guzman’s finances and operations. Rather than prosecuting Mr. Guzman, stopping Mr. Guzman, or actively working to prevent Mexican drugs from reaching American streets by the hands of Mr. Guzman, the DEA seem to have been actively assisting Mr. Guzman.
In exchange for vital information regarding other Mexican cartels, the DEA provided assistance in getting Mr. Guzman’s drugs into the United States. Members of the DEA were also instructed to not pick up Sinaloa members during their investigative actions. In effect, the Sinaloa drug cartel were able to use the DEA as a means of exterminating their competition and extending their empire’s reach. One can only imagine were any drugs seized via Sinaloa intel were “disposed” of after confiscation. Maybe one of those plane crashes in Mexico involving jets registered to US shell companies were just the DEA’s way of saying “thanks for the help.” Or perhaps the DEA sold rival gang’s drugs back to the Sinaloas to help replenish the US Government uses to finance other questionable operations around the globe. After all, 3 billion dollars to help fund international terrorists looks kind of bad on a budget request form.
How could Guzman and the Sinaloa establish such an extensive American presence, enough to find himself ranked as Chicago’s public enemy No. 1, without the help of the government? Business Insider offers this perspective:
“We had freelance distributors in Chicago before,” Art Bilek, a retired detective who’s executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, told Bloomberg. “Guzman has taken them over one by one. He centralized everything — the shipping, warehousing and distribution of drugs, and the collection and transport of money back to Mexico.”
As to how a man from a small mountain village in Mexico became the pusherman for America’s third-largest city, there are allegations that the Sinaloa cartel works with the U.S. government.
Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistics coordinator” and son of a principal Sinaloa leader, asserted in court documents that Guzman is a U.S. informant and Sinaloa was “given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago.”
One might wonder if any poor hapless souls residing in Chicago received carte blanche to use those drugs smuggled into Chicago? It would be doubtful. One might wonder if any of the victims of the War on Drugs, rotting in jail for drugs as harmless as marijuana, are laughing at the irony of the DEA assisting the Sinaloas in smuggling billions of dollars worth of cocaine, herioin and methamphetamine into United States cities. Also, highly doubtful. Also, can one still consider it “smuggling” when the government of the countries prosecution your are “smuggling” to avoid is helping you?
In addition to the billions of dollars of drugs flowing into the US under the watchful eye of the DEA, it would also seem that the supplying of weapons was part of the DEA’s involvement with the Sinaloa.
The “Fast and Furious” scandal involving the failed attempt of US agents tracking weapons, as they made their way through Mexican drug-smuggling channels, has been thought to have been covered-up by the current administration. Many suspect that Eric Holder’s role was a much more knowledgeable role during the operation as well as during the aftermath of it’s failure. Within the El Univeral investigation, it was learned through testimony that Fast and Furious may have simply been a PR stunt to attempt to cast a friendlier light on a gun-smuggling black-op gone south. Business Insider writes:
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.
When an arm of the US Government breaches the bounds of the law to this degree, it can alter perspective. Altered perspective often gives rise to new perspective, and new perspective often calls into question the system from which the original perspective arose. One question that arises from this new perspective on the DEA is; how can one differentiate between a Mexican drug cartel and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency? You can’t draw the line at smuggling drugs. You can’t draw the line at smuggling weapons. You can’t draw the line at profiting from an illegal trade. Perhaps the only difference between the drug cartels and the DEA is that drug cartels don’t have media conglomerates like Viacom, Time Warner, News Corp, Disney, CBS, or GE to vehemently reinforce a narrative that they are the “good guys” in people’s minds. The narrative, that we are told, is one of simplicity; Mexicans with drugs are dangerous, and if the DEA is ever involved with them it’s only to stop them in order to protect us.
With more and more people dis-connecting their lives from the mainstream, one can only wonder what new perspectives might arise once more people begin developing their own narratives- based on what they see, not what they’re told. Should such new, reality-based perspectives start rising up, one can only imagine the amount of questions people will be demanding answers to.
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