In Mexico, armed citizens are fighting drug cartels.
In the U.S., federal agents helped the largest drug cartel do business, reports El Universal, one of Mexico’s largest and most respected newspapers.
The article alleges between 2000 and 2012 that Drug Enforcement Agency agents and U.S. Department of Justice officials cooperated with Sinaloa cartel, allowing the group to smuggle billion of dollars of drugs into the U.S. in return for information on smaller groups.
The newspaper says it interviewed “hundreds” of credible sources for the story, and provides corroborating U.S. court documents.
Federal officials have not commented.
El Universal said it is not known if the deal between U.S. prosecutors and Sinaloa exists today, but the stated years of the operation coincide with the rise of drug cartels and violence in Mexico.
The deal has worked out well for Sinaloa, which U.S. officials have called the “most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world.”
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