Guns Going South, Drugs Coming North, and the Feds Watched it All

I have commented at times on “Operation Fast and Furious” and “Operation Walker”, where guns were allowed to walk across the border into Mexico and into the hands of drug cartels all with the tacit approval of multiple federal agencies. Now, we learn that federal incompetence and criminal negligence didn’t stop with guns. I didn’t realize that fighting the “war on drugs” included facilitating their entry into the nation.

U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.

The case could prove to be a bombshell on par with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious,” except that instead of U.S. guns being allowed to walk across the border, the Sinaloa cartel was allowed to bring drugs into the United States. Zambada-Niebla claims he was permitted to smuggle drugs from 2004 until his arrest in 2009.

“Loya himself continued his drug trafficking activities with the knowledge of the United States government without being arrested or prosecuted,” the court documents state.

Zambada-Niebla met voluntarily with U.S. federal agents on March 17, 2009, at the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City, which is near the U.S. Embassy, “for the purpose of his continuing to provide information to the DEA and the U.S. government personally, rather than through Loya,” court records allege.

“DEA agents (then) told Loya-Castro to tell Mr. Zambada-Niebla that they wanted to continue the same arrangements with him as they had with Mr. Loya-Castro.”

Interesting that this arrangement seems to have started in 2009, around the same time Fast and Furious and Gun Walker were getting started.