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Monday, August 8, 2011

Justice Dept. Accused of Giving Immunity to Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders (via Randy's Right)

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Justice Dept. Accused of Giving Immunity to Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders Evidence being presented for an upcoming trial in Chicago is raising more questions about the extent the U.S. Justice Department might have contributed to violence in Mexico’s war with drug cartels. Documents filed on behalf of accused drug lord Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla say the Justice Department agreed to protect him from prosecution in exchange for information about other drug cartels. Zambada, 36, is the son of an alleged leader of the Sin … Read More
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Lawyers, Guns And Money, The Shit Has Hit The Fan! (via Boudica BPI Weblog)
Lawyers, Guns And Money, The Shit Has Hit The Fan! Via That Mr G Guy's Blog Lawyers, Guns And Money, The Stuff Has Hit The Fan Another piece from Bob Owens of PJM, the government let drug cartels smuggle drugs as well as guns. A Sinaloa drug cartel member is claiming that the federal government allowed the cartel to smuggle cocaine into the United States in exchange for intelligence information about rival cartels. Attorneys for Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla claim that in addition to being the dru … Read More
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"This is the Biggest Scandal in the Justice Department in my Lifetime" Wayne LaPierre (via freedombytheway)
"This is the Biggest Scandal in the Justice Department in my Lifetime" Wayne LaPierre Fierce Battle Over Gun Rights - Fox News Video - FoxNews.com. Trying to draw attention away from the badly mangled sting operation, "Fast & Furious" where gun dealers were ordered by the Obama Justice Department to bypass the instant background checks and sell thousands of guns to drug cartels, The Obama Administration's has now ordered gun dealers in those four states (AZ, CA, NM & TX) to report all sales of two or more semi-automati … Read More
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What? Gov’t Let Cartel Smuggle Drugs in Exchange for Intel?

Remember when things like this were just the realm of conspiracy theorists?
August 6, 2011 - 10:06 am - by Bob Owens
A Sinaloa drug cartel member is claiming that the federal government allowed the cartel to smuggle cocaine into the United States in exchange for intelligence information about rival cartels.

Attorneys for Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla claim that in addition to being the drug-trafficking son of a Sinaloa cartel kingpin, Zambada was a Drug Enforcement Administration informant who was assured he could continue smuggling drugs in exchange for information by his DEA handlers. Zambada’s defense team is claiming that because he was an informant and promised immunity, charges against their client should be dropped.

According to the Houston Chronicle, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo has given the government until September to respond.

While it is common for law enforcement agencies to cut a deal with suspects they have already captured in an effort to bring the suspect’s allies down as well, it is far rarer for an agency to cut a deal with a high-ranking trafficker while he is free and actively smuggling.

A trafficking expert cited in the Chronicle article says the deal, if true, is outrageous:
Bruce Bagley, who studies narcotics trafficking at the University of Miami, said the allegations call into question the sincerity of U.S. efforts to dismantle Mexico’s cartels. Fallout will be felt from Mexico to Washington, he said.

“This is completely unacceptable. You are giving cover to lethal members, deeply involved in the drug trade that is fueling violence in Mexico and the United States,” he said “It looks to me that where there is smoke, there is fire and there was some sort of a deal.”
Zambada’s defense comes at a sensitive time for federal law enforcement, which has recently been rocked by allegations that a multi-agency task force — including agencies from the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Treasury — allowed straw purchasers and smugglers to “walk” more than 2,000 guns to Mexican cartels, primarily the same Sinaloa cartel of which Zambada is a part.

Zambada’s lawyers indicate in court documents that top members of the Sinoloa cartel began working with the DEA as far back as 1995, when a cartel attorney was indicted and then “turned” to become an informant.

An even more shocking claim made in the court filing is that the deal the Sinaloa cartel leaders struck with the DEA involved warning the cartel leaders in advance of planned busts by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officers. Cartel leaders would be told of raids before they happened, ensuring that they always have time to escape. The raids captured middle- and lower-ranking members of the cartel, but left the cartel leadership intact.

Legal documents also claim that the DEA/Sinaloa deal kept Mexican authorities in the dark about the relationship between the cartel and the government of the nation it continues to poison with drugs and related drug crime.

The claims of an uncomfortably close relationship between federal law enforcement and the Sinaloa cartel dating back to the Clinton administration sound eerily familiar to those that are following the current Gunwalker scandal that threatens to envelop the Obama administration. Read the rest at Pajamas Media:

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/what-govt-let-cartel-smuggle-drugs-in-exchange-for-intel/

Along with that last one goes this: h/t cmblake





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