TheBlaze.com is reporting that a high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel.
Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s logistics coordinator, describes “Fast and Furious” as elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels. He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.
In TheBlaze.com’s story, 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.
Zambada-Niebla’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 9.
To read more, click here. Tell us: Do Zambada-Niebla’s allegations seem possible to you — that Fast and Furious was much worse than anyone imagined? What does Zambada-Niebla gain from making such seemingly outrageous claims? In particular, we’d like to hear comments from CTD’s extensive LE community: Would the U.S. Government consider such a deal? Tell us your theories in the comments section below.