According to a high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative, who is currently in U.S. custody, there are some things that the American people are not being told about Fast and Furious. We obviously knew something was not being told behind the scenes because of Barack Obama issuing executive privilege and Holder being in contempt of Congress for failing to comply. But this makes even the sleepiest of people perk up their ears and pay attention.
Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator,” has brought allegations that the gunwalking operation had nothing to do with tracking guns and everything to do with supplying them. According to Zambada-Niebla it was part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. and Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.
Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was allegedly permitted to traffic massive amounts of drugs across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009 — during both Fast and Furious and Bush-era gunrunning operations — as long as the intel kept coming.
This pending court case against Zambada-Niebla is being closely monitored by some members of Congress, who expect potential legal ramifications if any of his claims are substantiated. The trial was delayed but is now scheduled to begin on Oct. 9.
Zambada-Niebla is reportedly a close associate of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and the son of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia, both of which remain fugitives, likely because of the deal made with the DEA, federal court documents allege.
Zambada-Niebla believes that he, like the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel, was “immune from arrest or prosecution” because he also actively provided information to US federal agents.
Zamada-Niebla’s attorney filled a motion for discovery in U.S. District Court in July 2011 which alleged the above agreement stating:
”the Sinaloa Cartel under the leadership of defendant’s father, Ismael Zambada-Niebla and ‘Chapo’ Guzman, were given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States and were also protected by the United States government from arrest and prosecution in return for providing information against rival cartels which helped Mexican and United States authorities capture or kill thousands of rival cartel members.”
If these accusations could be proven in court, it could have severe ramifications to both the Bush and Obama administrations. Of course the feds are denying the allegations, just like they denied the allegations of the ATF whistleblowers like Vince Cefalu, John Dodson, Jay Dobyns, and Peter Focelli. What would we expect from a corrupt administration?
Zambada-Niebla’s lawyer is seeking government “documents, files, recordings, notes, and additional forms of evidence” that would support claims that federal agents personally assured Zambada-Niebla that “he would not be arrested, that the agents knew of his prior cooperation … that they just wanted to continue receiving information … “[and] that the arrangements with him had been approved at the highest levels of the United States government.”
Zambada-Niebla’s claims are confirmed by statements made last month by Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state government in northern Mexico, who said,
U.S. agencies ”don’t fight drug traffickers,“ instead ”they try to manage the drug trade.”
Villaneuva, also pointed the finger at the U.S. in providing an example of how it fights the ‘war on drugs” stating, “It’s like pest control companies, they only control. If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs.”
There is also corroboration of the story with Humberto Loya-Castro, who was a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel. He was arrested in 1995. In 2008 prosecutors dismissed his case after he became an informant for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern district of California in 2005. According to a motion filed in federal court:
“This strategy, which he calls ‘Divide & Conquer,’ using one drug organization to help against others, is exactly what the Justice Department and its various agencies have implemented in Mexico. In this case, they entered into an agreement with the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel through, among others, Humberto Loya-Castro, to receive their help in the United States government’s efforts to destroy other cartels.”
“Indeed, United States government agents aided the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
Of course the federal government denies the accusations and claims the deal was only for Layo-Castro.
Though Zambada-Niebla was arrests by Mexican soldiers in 2009, and the U.S. was not involved in his arrest, he was extrdited to Chicago to face federal drug charges in February of 2010. He claimed that he had immunity via an agreement, but the DEA says that there was no “official” immunity deal, but they admitted that he may have acted as an informant.
While Zambada-Niebla’s legal council requested records pertaining to Fast and Furious, they were denied. Here is the claim they made in their motion for the documents:
“It is estimated that approximately 3,000 people were killed in Mexico as a result of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ including law enforcement officers in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, the headquarters of the Sinaloa cartel. The Department of Justice’s leadership apparently saw this as an ingenious way of combating drug cartel activities.”
“It has recently been disclosed that in addition to the above-referenced problems with ‘Operation Fast & Furious,’ the DOJ, DEA, and the FBI knew that some of the people who were receiving the weapons that were being allowed to be transported to Mexico, were in fact informants working for those organizations and included some of the leaders of the cartels.”
The federal government continues to deny discovery for the defense claiming that they are “classified materials” and argued that they “do not support the defendant’s claim that he was promised immunity or public authority for his actions.”
Well that is just like the federal government, isn’t it? You can’t have the documentation because we think it should be classified and besides it doesn’t make your case. Oh really? Well maybe it doesn’t make the case, but I can tell you this: The federal government has a long history of trust issues and the administration that claimed it would be the most transparent has been anything but that.