DEA Allowed Drug Smuggling in Exchange for Information

From Joe For America:


An investigation by El Universal has 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 in exchange for 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 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.”

El Universal, citing court documents, reports  that DEA agents met with high-level Sinaloa officials more than 50 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.



Not satisfied with a botched gun running scheme that cost one agent his life, our government, this time the DEA has been running drugs for 12-plus years and allowed billions of dollars worth of drugs into the States in exchange for names. They met over 50 times, but it appears they only made one arrest.

If you click on the word ‘documents’ in the next to the last paragraph you can view additional statements in a pdf file. Pay particular attention to number 9 where it states ‘this arrangement had been approved by high ranking officials.’ Something stinks on ice here.


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6 Responses to DEA Allowed Drug Smuggling in Exchange for Information

  1. Hardnox says:

    Holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!!! I realize that one needs to do business with bad guys in order to combat bad guys. That is simply a reality.

    Billions? Wow. I can’t help but wonder how much of this gets laundered back as campaign contributions to both parties.

    • Kathy says:

      True that you have to get a little dirt on you sometimes to catch the bad buys, but 12 years and billions of dollars later? Yeah, there’s dirty money going somewhere.

  2. Mrs AL says:

    I don’t know a lot about this “world,” Kathy. But I do know incompetence when I see it and this is a no-brainer incompetent. The link you pointed out in your commentary (which was spot-on, BTW), was startling. That amount of money for one arrest? Or did I misunderstand?

    This is important to bring to our attention and my thanx!

  3. CW says:

    Instead of letting them bring drugs to the U.S. in exchange for names how about we offer a reduction in a long prison sentence in exchange for names? Seems like that would be far less counter productive.