An investigation by major Mexican newspaper El Universal has concluded that the United States government worked with the Sinaloa cartel from 2000 and 2012 as part of a divide and conquer strategy. In exchange for intel on rival cartels, the U.S. government allegedly allowed the cartel to smuggle billions of dollars worth of drugs.
The report seemingly aligns with claims made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistics coordinator” and son of cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
El Universal has published official court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official.
DEA agent Manuel Castanon reportedly told the Chicago court that he met with Zambada-Niebla and two other people — DEA agent David Herrod and a cooperating source [Sinaloa lawyer Loya Castro] — for about 30 minutes in a Mexico City hotel room. Castanon said he had worked with them since 2005.