U.S. Government Helped Rise of Mexican Drug Cartel: Report

Mexican newspaper reveals secret arrangement between DEA and Sinaloa cartel

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A police officer watches one of the alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala, Wilmar Anavisca (C), also known as "El Chino", after his arrest in the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City, October 18, 2013.

The U.S. government allowed the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel to carry out its business unimpeded between 2000 and 2012 in exchange for information on rival cartels, an investigation by El Universal claims.

Citing court documents, the Mexican newspaper reports that DEA officers met with top Sinaloa officials over fifty times and offered to have charges against cartel members dropped in the U.S., among other pledges.

Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia, a senior research scholar in law and economics at Columbia University, says that the tactic has been previously used in Colombia, Cambodia, Thailand and Afghanistan.

“Of course, this modus operandi involves a violation of public international law, besides adding more fuel to the violence, violations of due process and of human rights,” he told El Universal.

Myles Frechette, a former U.S. ambassador to Colombia, said while that the problem of drug trafficking in Colombia persists, the tactic of secret agreements had managed to reduce it.

The period when the relationship between the DEA and Sinaloa was supposed to have been the closest, between 2006 and 2012, saw a major surge of violence in Mexico, and was the time when the Sinaloa cartel rose significantly in prominence.

[El Universal]

15 comments
NormanGooding
NormanGooding

A $25 billion dollar budget to fight drug cartels around the world making $400 billion.is not a war on drugs,,it is window dressing and market control

Controlling the Happy Valley for 10 years where 90% of the world opium is produced and never destroying a hectare of poppy plants or attempting to stop drug shipments out and money shipments in is not zero tolerance it is crop security.

medcannabis1
medcannabis1

The government took my home and processions for caring for the sick and dying with our medical cannabis collective... We paid taxes, employed 15 people at liveable wage jobs.. free hospice care.. and charitable giving the entire time we were open.... then they came and destroyed my life and left us with 5 years of Federal Probation..... 

What does this say about the manipulation of the income streams for the DEA... this is criminal and they should end their war on domestic cannabis laws.... www.veteransforcompassionatecare.org   

ewevgqe
ewevgqe

Everyone can be bought

ccopeland48
ccopeland48

Yup the government is the dope man. Federal agencies have always supplied the street drugs in large amounts. It's a black market that yields a huge pay off. War on drugs yea right more like war to promote drugs.

RonYeary
RonYeary

I've long pondered this and even asked my Rep if there is a faction in the US Government that is involved with the Drug Cartels. I wasn't wrong. 

JamesGierach
JamesGierach

Prohibition is a bad joke played on the people of the world.

DeanBecker
DeanBecker

This agreement has allowed Shorty Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel to become one of the richest men in the world.  Check out the Fortune 500 list.

MichaelYeager
MichaelYeager

This is one of the biggest stories in years as far as Im concerned and if they dont prosecute all of those involved snd put them in prison with those who they did...then close the doors of DEA along with decriminalization I think there should be a fervor amongst us citizens that brings complete government cleansing. I also think that since Methamphetamine was Chapos deal...having supplied 80% of the worlds meth alone..there should be a raiding of DEA coffers and payment to those who suffered from the pain that they supplied..if they didn't have freedom to bring it in...much fewer would have been exposed to it...I am sick just hearing this story and my government who i served for has lost legitimacy.. Dem or Rep your all crooks and you need to be given harsh sentences like mandatory minimums have brought millions. UGH. I have no words that can convey.

shmuelman
shmuelman

"the problem of drug trafficking in Colombia persists, the tactic of secret agreements had managed to reduce it." Of course, he did not say by how much.


I would say that the DEA is a hypocritical farce, but it is more like a criminal racketeering organization that is only involved in its self-perpetuation. How many DEA directors are crying over "the children" and "the wrong message"  regarding legal marijuana, while allowing the drug trade to thrive for their own purposes. A stroke of the pen will do more in a few months than these guys have done in decades to reduce the power of the drug cartels.

TAHKICT
TAHKICT

They are bastards alright, but they are OUR bastards!:D

JoshuaTonihka
JoshuaTonihka

End the war on drugs and disband the DEA. All those involved in the entrapment of millions of Americans should be tried and thrown in prison. They knowingly allowed these substances onto our streets knowing the violence that came with it. How many innocent people have died because of the actions of the DEA and the three presidents that knew about this? This is the largest systematic entrapment of individuals in history.

NormanGooding
NormanGooding

@medcannabis1 The entire war on drugs should be shut down and all natural drugs legalized and regulated,,any damage any of natures drugs can do our society can never match the damage this has done to it.

And when they legalize natures drugs man made concoctions that were trying to imitate them will disappear.

All other man made drugs should be analyzed and harms assessed by an independent panel,,we can't trust our government to do it right anymore.

JoshChristie
JoshChristie

@NormanGooding @JoshuaTonihka Well in essence many, because the DEA is permitting and in some cases assisting large scale operations to continue trafficking. How many people have died, and how many peoples lives have been ruined because of US drug policy and the DEA? Millions... evidenced by this new development and many other instances of collusion, money laundering, and corruption in the past. The DEA/NSA/TSA should be completely scrapped, and lets gut the FDA while we're at it. 

thetitaniumdragon
thetitaniumdragon

@JoshChristie @NormanGooding @JoshuaTonihka  If you don't like dying from food poisoning, you wouldn't be opposed to the FDA. I have to assume you are an evil person who really likes killing people.


Seriously, people need to get a grip. The FDA does a ton of good.