A high-ranking drug cartel operative for the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, has been extradited to Chicago where he will stand trial. His case has been ongoing.
Last year at this time, he claimed he should be released because he was a DEA informant and given immunity from prosecution; the DEA denies that they granted immunity. The fact that Zambada was arrested does seem to negate his claim.
The DEA admits only to the following: “Federal prosecutors did admit authorizing DEA meetings with Mexican attorney Humberto Loya Castro as a “cooperating fugitive defendant” who was indicted in 1995 with reputed boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Zambada’s father Ismael Zambada Garcia”…[Read more]
Zambada-Niebla is bolstering his claims by saying that Fast & Furious guns were a reward to some cartels for information provided against other cartels.
Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, a drug trafficker for the Sinaloa cartel, and the operative in question, said the U.S. wanted to take out the larger Medellin and Cali cartels and gave carte blanche to other cartels, even allowing some cartels to smuggle drugs in exchange for information.
He is seeking Fast & Furious documents from the U.S. government because he believes the guns were freely given to the cartels in a similar operation to the ones he alleges have been undertaken with drugs.
Zambada said members of the Sinaloa cartel were receiving the Fast & Furious guns as a reward for information.
He appears to be on a fishing expedition, but, no matter what the case, if Congress can’t get the information, it is unlikely he will. He said that the information he requested will prove his case.
He also claims that the people transporting the guns were FBI informants and that various drug cartel leaders are paid FBI informants. Taxpayer money might have been used to pay the informants.
Click the link federal court documents and read the accusation for yourself. Mr. Zambada-Niebla is a very unreliable source and without proof from other sources, he alone is not to be believed. It is also unlikely that the U.S. would not be interested in the Sinaloa cartel.
If, however, his story can be verified, it greatly changes the dynamic of Fast & Furious.
We did have a video report posted claiming that Mexico has been hitting the smaller drug cartels. Some suggested the government is allowing Sinaloa to become the most powerful cartel so the government can negotiate with one cartel.
It is no longer being allowed to be shared in the U.S.