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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 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 – 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
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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:

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

9 responses

  1. Freedom, by the way

    Thanks for the link, Loopy. Here’s the comment I left at Randy’s Right:
    Another flagrant sign that our nation’s War on Drugs was always DOA. We can’t win. But in order to try and “win” our government cuts deals with the dark side, puts guns into the hands of dealers in a bungled sting operation and spends billions of dolllars. I think the best solution is decriminalize drug use, put a portion that we’re spending now into drug rehabilitation and education. If there are no illegal drugs and no “black market”, there’s no money in it for dealers and cartels, the violence stops, our jails stopped being overcrowded with penny-anti users and dealers and we stop bleeding taxpayer dollars into a bottomless pit. And really, what right does the government have to tell us what to put into our bodies? (For the record, I do not, nor have I ever used illegal drugs, but I belive that decrimiinalizing drug use would save billions of dollars and scores of lives).

    August 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

    • I think the money would be much better spent in rehab and education as well! You are most welcome for the link, it is something that needs to be repeated over and over Free! As for decriminalizing it, that I am not sure about. I am afraid that the same people in government who are abusing the system now, would simply find another way to do it and making things readily available would not help those that face addiction, it just puts a cover over it so that it is not so visible. Just as gambling is legal in so many places and yet those that are addicted often are out of sight until they lose everything or wind up dead. To me it is too much of a moral issue to believe that making it legal would solve any problems.
      My brother was an addict and an alchoholic, going to jail got him off the drugs but it
      didn’t help with his other problems.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  2. Freedom, by the way

    It’s a tough issue, no doubt. But wouldn’t your brother perhaps been better off in rehab than in jail? My views on this topic have changed dramatically in the past several years. Now, I believe all drugs should be regulated (and thus, taxed, as well) instead of criminalized. We have far too many people NOT being helped and far too many young people’s lives ruined for a few ounces of an illegal substance. Again, regulation, education and rehabliltation not criminlization is where our tax dollars need to be spent. The bottom line: If you give a drugs to a minor–it should be a crime. If you ingest it on your own, you’re an idiot–but there should be help. If you lose your job, your family because of drug use, that’s the risk of doing drugs. And maybe you can still be rehabilitated. But no, legal-age adults should not go to jail for putting something into their bodies–unless, like alcohol, they harm someone while under the influence. I am for personal freedom. And I believe that our free will is an inaliable right from God. If you are not violating another’s freedoms, the activity should not be criminal. We are seeing how far the government is willing to push this envelope with their new Nanny stances on what we should eat. Will it someday be illegal to eat more than one Whopper a week? (This issue is where I walk the line between Conservative to Libertarian). Thanks for allowing me to talk and talk!

    August 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    • Yes, he would have been better off in rehab, but thankfully the jails he was in were small, local, and fairly safe. I would like to see rehab available for all drug users. However, if drugs had been legal he would have had no incentive to stop. I used to be addicted to tobacco, I only stopped smoking when I was in the hospital and probably would have started back if they had not become too expensive. It’s not easy being addicted to anything, but if society says it is okay, there is no incentive to stop either. Making something legal gives the okay and that does not help either the addict or society.
      It would be much better to spend the money on rehab, but to say that putting something is our bodies is a right from God is not quite true is it? We have free will to make bad choices as well as good choices, but that doesn’t mean that we have the right to do either, just that we have the ability to make the choice. It also doesn’t mean that their isn’t consequences for any of our actions. We have the choice to live a moral or an immoral life, but God tells us quite plainly that there are consequences for living an immoral life. A moral society should and must also have consequences. The difference is in how they are treated.
      I am so glad that you believe in freedom, and on this one I just respectfully disagree!

      August 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

  3. Thanks for the link, backhandedly. ;) It’s a serious issue, this scandal about the drug and gun smuggling allowed to happen under the auspices of the American government. Anyone responsible for setting up this operation should be prosecuted and sent to prison.

    Mike G.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:02 am

    • You are welcome for the link. It is a very important issue I have probably posted on it twenty times in the last week alone. I think it is treasonous, personally. They are deliberately undermining our security and arming our enemies. The fact that they are arming the Zeta’s that are trying to overthrow the Mexican government should scare every man and woman in this country! What I post here also goes to the Conservative HIdeout Rapid Fire page which you can see here:

      August 11, 2011 at 3:30 am

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    • We might want to research and or ask our mitialry why they trained most of these Mexican cartel (really known as Zeta’s) and sent them back to Mexico with supplied guns and ammo. They (Zeta’s) were approached by the cartel and they offered them much more money to fight their own people.(just what the U.S. hoped for) Our objective was and is to create chaos in Mexico in order to bring more illegals to the U.S. (as refugees) Contrary to what the media is spewing, there is NO crisis in Mexico and the addition of troops being sent down there is only to provide help to the illegals as they enter our country. We live in a great country, don’t we. The president can lie and cheat his way to the white house.All the new department heads can enact all their own rules (laws) ..corrupt as they all are.No guns, no phone privacy, soon no internet privacy, police state, informed via mail who will live and who must die (socialized health care). Can’t wait for these new laws to be installed.??????OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ACTUALLY FIGHTING US AND WE ARE LOSING.And, we the people are NOT being heard.Our Constitution has become a joke to the rich elite and they’re laughing all the way to the bank with our tax dollars.

      January 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      • I agree with you, but I don’t think we should just ask the military, we should start with the Commander-in-Chief! God bless you!

        January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm


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