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4 August 2011

In a video released earlier this month, a Mexican army defector who allegedly rose to become No. 3 in the brutal and powerful syndicate known as Los Zetas was asked by a police interrogator where Los Zetas obtain their weapons.

“From the United States,” Jesus Rejon Aguilar, who was arrested by Mexican authorities on July 4, told his off-camera questioner. “All weapons come from the U.S.”

The [Mexico City] News 3-August-2011 ‘The US doesn’t care for Mexican lives’

Well, at least the Zetas have to pay for theirs. It appears more and more the Sinoala cartel has a different arrangement north of the border:

In legal pleadings submitted to U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, Zambada Niebla said the collaboration between the Sinaloa cartel and U.S. law enforcement arose from the 1995 drug indictment of Mexican attorney Humberto Loya Castro, “a close confidante” of Chapo Guzman.

Loya subsequently became a U.S. government informant, according to the pleading.

“Sometime prior to 2004 … the United States government entered into an agreement with Loya and the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, including Mayo and Chapo,” the document says. “Under that agreement, the Sinaloa Cartel, through Loya, was to provide information accumulated by Mayo, Chapo, and others, against rival Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations” to U.S. authorities.

“In return, the United States government agreed to dismiss the prosecution of the pending case against Loya, not to interfere with his drug trafficking activities and those of the Sinaloa Cartel, to not actively prosecute him, Chapo, Mayo, and the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, and to not apprehend them,” the pleading claims.

Just hours before his March 2009 arrest, Zambada Niebla said, he met at a Mexico City hotel with U.S. agents who assured him the arrangement was still in effect, but that he would start communicating directly with the Drug Enforcement Administration, rather than through Loya.

EFE, via Latin American Herald Tribune, Mexican Kingpin Says U.S. Protected Cartel

Neither of these revelations is surprising in themselves though trying to find any mention of them in the U.S. “mainstream” press is a bit difficult.

Bill Conroy (Narcosphere), in a longish article laying out the connections between Zambada Niebla’s statement, the DEA, “Fast and Furious” and… possibly… the C.I.A. (US Court Documents Claim Sinaloa “Cartel” Is Protected by US Government) adds:

The protection extended to the Sinaloa leadership, according to the court filings, included being “informed by agents of the DEA through Loya that United States government agents and/or Mexican authorities were conducting investigations near the home territories of cartel leaders so that the cartel leaders could take appropriate actions to evade investigators.”

In addition, the pleadings allege, the US government agreed not to “share any of the information they had about the Sinaloa Cartel and/or the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel with the Mexican government in order to better assure that they would not be apprehended and so that their operations would not be interfered with.”

My modest suggestion is that given the seemingly free reign U.S. undercover agents are able to work in Mexico, it’s only fair that Mexican undercover operations be allowed to work north of the border… maybe going after not the small fry like gun dealers along the border, but the kingpins… you know, the cartels like Wachovia Bank and Archer-Daniels-Midland, that are a real national security threat to this country.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Allen permalink
    4 August 2011 8:10 am

    For this post I would strongly recommend that Rich moves frequently and secretly. The ‘net is available everywhere.

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