No Surprise There: US Gov’t Gives Sinaloa Cartel Carte Blanche To Smuggle Drugs And Weapons To Chicago

Borderland Beat reports the son of a high ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel has filed legal briefs in which he states the Sinaloa Cartel was given “carte blanche” to continue to smuggle drugs, sex slaves, and other contraband into the United States in return for information on other Cartels.

Briefly quoting the Borderland Beat item linked above:

The source of that allegation is Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia — one of the purported top leaders of the Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization — a major Mexican-based importer of weapons and exporter of drugs.

This would of course explain why “Fast and Furious” weapons wound up almost exclusively in Sinaloa Cartel hands. While it would not explain the source of the military grade weapons stockpiled in the Zeta cartel caches the Mexican government has stumbled across, that could be just a case of ATF carrying out a general policy of arming Cartels – or as a case of the State Department getting their wires crossed and permitting weapons sales to the Zetas instead of El Golfo or Sinaloa Cartels.

Of course, plenty of the guns sold by the so far unnamed “Operation” out of ATF’s Houston office seem to have made their way to the Gulf Cartel. At least according to the models and serial numbers SEDENA, Mexico’s Ministry of War, has released. The Dallas office has an unnamed “Operation” as well. And of course we have heard about the Tampa office’s “Operation Castaway” which seemingly exists to arm MS-13, one of the most violent criminal gangs on earth.

If the accusations made by Zambada Niebla hold up; as they very likely may, it would reveal criminal misconduct at the highest level of government. We shall see what we shall see – but the United States would not be the first with a political machine backed by international crime syndicates.


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