How the US Government Helped the Sinaloa Cartel Take Over the Mexican Drug Business

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.

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

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.

The Sinaloa cartel is famous for smuggling drugs into the US using tunnels like this one
The Sinaloa cartel is famous for smuggling drugs into the US using tunnels like this one

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.

Read the full story from Business Insider here.

5 thoughts on “How the US Government Helped the Sinaloa Cartel Take Over the Mexican Drug Business”

  1. Is it really a surprise though? The United States gets what it wants especially when it has to do with money. This goes back to the Congo and all the sneak shit the government did with regards to leadership killings and such. It probably goes back further than that. The drug business deals with a lot of money and sadly the government doesn’t care about todays youth! They care about their pocket books!

    1. can’t say that I’m too surprised. I’ve suspected it for a long time, but thinking it’s happening and having proof are two very different things. it’ll be interesting to see how the DEA and government administration respond

  2. It is inconceivable to think our own government would commit treason towards its own country. Unfortunately it is very possible, what flusters me is when we decide to incriminate our US citizens for drug trafficking. It creates an unjustified paradox looming in our nation.

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