An investigation by Mexican news outlet El Universal has confirmed that between 2002 and 2012, the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel was operating with immunity from the American government in exchange for providing the US with information on other cartels.
The cartel is led by infamous trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who the DEA called “the leading drug trafficker of all time” in 2011.
The Sinaloa cartel is heavily involved in drug trafficking to major US cities, including providing 80% of all the drugs that enter Chicago, which has more homicides per year than any other American city.
Although many have long suspected that the US government coordinates with Mexican cartels, El Universal was the first to confirm it with court documents.
According to El Universal,
The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the U.S.”
El Universal also reported that the peak of coordination came between 2006 and 2012, as the cartels were consolidating their grip on Mexico.
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