Mexican Drug Cartel Assassins Bought Guns from U.S. Border Patrol

A Mexican assassin who turned protected government witness against an accountant for the Sinaloa cartel has revealed in testimony that the cartel purchased weapons from the U.S. border patrol, according to Revista Contralinea (see translation from Spanish here).

WASR-10 rifles, a knock-off of the AK-47, were obtained from the Border Patrol and used in a turf war against rival drug gangs from Santa Ana to Nogales, Mexico. The Sinaloa cartel sent assassins to kill members of the Zetas and Beltrán-Leyva cartels and take control of the sale of cocaine and marijuana in the area, according to the informant going by the name “Victoria.”

The Los Angeles Times reported in October, 2010, that the war between the rival cartels was “a siege of medieval proportions that has cut off a region about the size of Rhode Island… There have been massacres and scores of kidnappings, but the war has gone largely unnoticed because of its remoteness, intimidation of journalists and the slow-motion tactics.”

Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator” and who faces drug charges in the United States, claims the Fast & Furious operation was not not about tracking guns, but supplying the Sinaloa Cartel with weapons to eliminate rivals.

Business Insider reported in October that emails leaked from Stratfor cited a Mexican diplomat as stating the U.S. government works hand-in-hand with the Sinaloa cartel. Stratfor’s intelligence corroborates a claim by a Sinaloa insider that cartel boss Joaquin Guzman works for the U.S. government and that the cartel was “given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago.”

On July 24, Aljazeera reported statements made by a spokesman for the Chihuahua state government in northern Mexico implicating the CIA other international security forces in management of the lucrative drug trade.

A mid-level officer with Mexico’s version of the Department of Homeland Security also said the CIA is involved in the Mexican drug trade. “It’s true, they want to control it,” the anonymous official said. …

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