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Will the feds bust the feds for conspiracy?

Documents: Feds allegedly allowed Sinaloa cartel to move cocaine into U.S. for information

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 allegations are part of the defense of Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago. He is also a top lieutenant of drug kingpin Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman and the son of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia, believed to be the brains behind the Sinaloa cartel.

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.

This is big. Not surprising. But big.

Of course, to the feds, letting several tons of cocaine into the U.S. is nothing. They know (as do we) that it’ll have almost no effect on supply, and if it’ll give them some big busts for the press, they’ll take that deal any day.

However, that reality doesn’t match the “getting drugs off the streets” message that the federal government dishes out to the media and the populace on a daily basis.

It also makes the theatre of their regular seizure photo-ops (not to mention the entire basis of the drug war) seem… disingenuous.

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34 comments to Will the feds bust the feds for conspiracy?

  • I wouldn’t get too excited about this, as this is merely the defense strategy/allegation of a Mexican cartel member. If true, it is certainly big. But I’m not about to take something the cartels say at face value. FWIW…

    • Duncan20903

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      Well that’s very sensible since the US government has been so upstanding, ethical, and doggone advocates of fair play and insuring the freedom promised us as our birthright for being born American. How the heck does anyone end up thinking that accusing our honorable civil servants with systemic corruption produced by undermining our rights protected by the Constitution would even be thought reasonable by the wacko conspiracy nutcakes? I’ve got a great idea, let’s all of us just voluntarily cede our freedom to help these heroic men and women who are doing the thankless work of guaranteeing profits for corporations, overtime pay for the police and prison guards, and diligently working to promote the loss of freedom for all, Americans and gibberish talking foreigners alike? I axe you, who could ever find fault with such people?

      America, fuck yeah!

  • Brad Smith

    This is a big story, and the fact that it is being suppressed by the MSM in the US is a sign of that. The story was broken by Narco News over this past weekend. It then went nationwide in Mexico, with more than a 100 publications picking the story up on Monday and Tuesday, including all the majors: Proceso, La Jornada, Por Esto! among them.

    And then, three going on four days later, a few US publications started picking up on it, but none of the big papers so far, and the one’s that did run with the story only scratched the surface or printed a few graphs. How is that possible?

    Anyway, check out the Narco News story [and while there the past stories on this subject, including the Zambada case]. They all include links to the court pleadings. And then draw your own conclusions as to whether this is just a “defense strategy” with no underlying truth to it, or maybe a bit more, a part of US history that we can’t seem to shed.

    US Court Documents Claim Sinaloa “Cartel” Is Protected by US Government
    Posted by Bill Conroy – July 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm
    Deal Allegedly Gave Sinaloa Bosses Immunity in Exchange for Providing Info on Rival Drug Organizations

  • thelbert

    that’s really getting desparate when you let the enemy hose your country just a little bit so you can get info on the other enemies. these guys would let this foolishness go on forever if they had the money.

  • This is not my America

    Whats a few tons of coke if it means keeping the drugwar funds coming to keep you in a job.?

  • DdC

    Another Iran Contra, at least they have some experience in smuggling coke to the inner cities. This is another opportunity for the cut throat DEAth mongers to get a Fox News gig. Or cabinet post. I’m not about to take something the Neocons or their censored press says at face value. As far as I’m concerned, the Mexican Cartel’s are providing a public service to customers who want their product while the DEAth Merchants only sell tax paid misery to a gullible TVland audience.

    Obama Tilts Toward Iran Contra Gates
    Donald Rumsfeld’s replacement, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, served as deputy CIA director while the illegal Iran-Contra operations were taking place. “I was trying to learn the ropes while all this was going on,”

    Robert M. Gates was the Central Intelligence Agency’s deputy director for intelligence (DDI) from 1982 to 1986. He was confirmed as the CIA’s deputy director of central intelligence (DDCI) in April of 1986 and became acting director of central intelligence in December of that same year. Owing to his senior status in the CIA, Gates was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities. The evidence developed by Independent Counsel did not warrant indictment of Gates for his Iran/contra activities or his responses to official inquiries.

    Dirty Secret:
    Drug Czar Walters and the Iran-Contra Connection
    John P. Walters, appointed “Drug Czar” by President George Bush Jr., is uniquely qualified for his new job. He was actually involved in the Iran-Contra Drug Trafficking Cover-up.

    John Negroponte A 1997 CIA inspector general’s report concluded that Negroponte covered up reports on human rights abuses committed by the U.S.-backed Honduran military that was linked to “death-squad activities.”

    Otto Reich “Under Reagan, Otto Reich headed the Office of Public Diplomacy. “The purpose of his office was none other than to get the American people to side with war over peace, using propaganda methods determined to be ‘improper,”

    “During Iran-Contra, Elliott Abrams pleaded guilty on two counts of unlawfully withholding information, but was later pardoned by the outgoing President George H.W. Bush.

    Shooting in Peru Killed Missionary, Infant
    An internal CIA probe has concluded that agency officials deliberately misled Congress, the White House and federal prosecutors about key details of the 2001 downing of an airplane carrying U.S. missionaries in Peru, according to a senior lawmaker who called yesterday for a new criminal inquiry into the case.

    Archive Contra Crack Series
    Editor’s note: It’s not easy when a colleague, let alone a journalist you hold in the highest regard, commits suicide. When Gary Webb took his own life two years ago, he and I had both been working at the Sacramento News & Review. In the days that followed, I fielded numerous phone calls from well-meaning folks who were convinced that he had been shot by the agency he went after in his famed “Dark Alliance” series. My personal belief is that the CIA didn’t need to kill Gary; they’d already set his demise in motion by employing “unnamed sources” to discredit him in the nation’s major print media. To the very end, Gary complained that no one had ever disproved a single fact in his series. The fact that so many respected newspapers so eagerly took this bait, and that one of our nation’s last true investigative reporters had been driven to such desperation, is something I could not reconcile then or now.

    Restored Dark Alliance website
    Backers of CIA-led Nicaraguan rebels brought cocaine to poor L.A. neighborhoods in early ’80s to help finance war — and a plague was born.

  • vickyvampire

    The ATF gun thing,Shinola Cartel Coke,Stock market plunges it just reeks.

  • malcolm kyle

    This is the end
    Beautiful friends
    This is the end
    All my friends, the end

    Of their crappy plans, the end
    Of everything we couldn’t stand, the end
    No safety or surprise, the end
    They’ll never look into our eyes…again

  • thelbert

    when leona helmsley said: “taxes are for the little people” , she implied that laws are for the little people. the aristocrats of america shouldn’t have to obey laws, because they are the ones that create jobs for the little ones. taxing the rich hurts the little people, so it’s just plain wrong. i doubt if there ever was a political meeting of the aristocratic republicans that wasn’t fueled by alcohol. the tea party should call themselves the booze party if the want to be “straight shooters”. they would rather drink the shooters than tell the truth. in their half-drunk thoughts they ARE the elite. in their half-drunk imaginings: if the president does it then it’s legal. when they sip their adult beverages they imagine that no new taxes means more jobs for the little people, because the rich have been suffering from too many laws, regulations and socialism. they never get shitfaced at these functions. just drunk enough to agree with their fellow republicans that the poor really are assholes who deserve every bad thing that happens to them. they also have the idea they are the victims if someone with a drug conviction gets food stamps. i wonder why drunk driving doesn’t disqualify you for food stamps? shouldn’t drunks starve too? bernie maddoff only went to jail because he stole from the rich, not because he was a thief. stealing from the rich is the worst crime that the rich can conceive of. had he stolen from the peons, no problem. so what if there are millions in prison for dope. those are the little people. when does the president get piss tested? never. when was nancy piss tested? never. something tells me ronald was just a drunk puppet with too much power. just enough brains to memorize his lines, not enough brains to care about the lower strata of society, or the rule of law. i think the republican’s endless booze party will be the end of the empire. i blame the alky.

  • Duncan20903

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    I thought LE had an exception to the CSA which allows them to work undercover. IIRC that exception was an integral part of Ed Rosenthal’s defense. Oakland had deputized him specifically to keep him legal. It didn’t work but it didn’t seem to me that it was because the exception doesn’t exist.

  • Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal did a piece about the Afghan opium trade, and the accompanying photo showed US soldiers armed to the teeth and in full Kevlar standing guard as farmers harvested their poppy crops. A good portion of that opium ended up as heroin on the streets of many of our major US cities.

  • thelbert

    why would a law officer worry about what’s legal? they belong to the strongest gang there is. when a cop lies it becomes the truth. when the cops in fullerton pulverize a homeless person it magically becomes resisting arrest. if they beat the life out of a rich person, THEN it becomes a punishable offense. the laws in america are for protection of the rich and punishment of the poor. the cops really hate it when they are made to answer for their crimes. that’s why they hate video cameras so much. i’ll bet there was no drug testing of the six cops that killed a retired cop’s son. i think the death penalty may be justified for the way they beat Kelly Thomas. i expect some light slaps on a few wrists will be enough for republicans to feel justice has been served. after all, this guy was no job creator. so, no, the feds won’t punish themselves, who is going to make them, and why would they?

  • Servetus

    OT. Wallabies break into opium field, leave crop circles.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8118257.stm

  • Duncan20903

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    If anything causes psychosis it’s gargantuan, nanny state government that does so. But today our loony as a ‘toon Federal government told Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to piss off and withdraw her baseless lawsuit trying to sabotage implementation of of Arizona’s medicinal cannabis patient protection laws. In plain words the government has ceded that State medicinal cannabis patient protection laws are perfectly valid.

    http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/128070/obama-administration-gives-state-employees-the-green-light-on-medical-marijuana/

    Let’s see the Know Nothings argue this one.

    • darkcycle

      Huh? Just…huh.
      I’ve gotta go…my head just exploded. I have a mess to clean up.

      • Duncan20903

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        Christ DC, not just Arizona but Governor Christie of New Jersey did a sudden about face within the last week as well. There was no reason for him to stop stonewalling when he did and I think its pretty out of character for a neo-fascist like him. Maybe somebody bribed him with a free meal ticket for life for the all you can eat buffet at Bob’s Big Boy.

        It really does feel different this time. All my adult life I would be forlornly looking for positive indications to become apparent and never really saw any. Nowadays I’m having trouble keeping the list of them current. What’s next, Gary Johnson winning the Republicants nomination??

        I really am looking forward to the Know Nothings’ reaction to this Feds action noted above. I have faith it’s going to be a dozy. In the 15th year of medicinal cannabis patient protection laws those people still haven’t been able to figure out why the SCOTUS or the POTUS hasn’t canceled the patient protection laws but are still confident that while it may take 40 years of trekking through the desert before it happens, but it will still happen sometime. Let’s not forget that the motto of the Know Nothing prohibitionist is “never let the facts stand in the way of disseminating an effective piece of hysterical rhetoric”. I think we’re in for some truly mind boggling rationalizations. Stuff so far out that it could only be invented by the Know Nothing prohibitionists. Stories which I still be telling to my great-great-great-grand children decades from now.

        Please, please people, no turning on Mr. Kerliefries with free cocaine.

        Hey DC who the heck wears pajamas nowadays except for Hugh Hefner?
        ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ——– ——– ——– ——–

        Man the US economy just this minute suffered a major body blow. Classic attempt to minimize publicity by releasing the news late on Friday. I don’t think it’s going to be forgotten on Monday. I do think that our lives are going to suddenly become a lot more interesting and I do mean the Chinese definition of interesting. Holy christ on a cross Batman, we’re all gonna die. At least your asset portfolio will if you don’t get rid of it and go to cash.

        A couple of hours ago I was opining in one of the news media comments forums and pessimistically noted that it seems that the stimulus money idea didn’t hadn’t taken and that the fiscal calamity could knock down our economy down just like the freedom fighters terrorists knocked down the twin towers. A couple of trillions here, a couple of trillions there and pretty soon we’re talking about a really large sum of money. This very well could be the end of the world as we know it.

        Mr. Obama is almost certainly going to get Hoovered while the village idiot (middle initial W) won’t be remembered as causing this mess.

        The $2 Trillion Error, Urgent Meetings & Then a Downgrade

        CNBC.com – ‎20 minutes ago‎

        Told they had a $2 trillion error in their calculation of US deficits over a 10-year period, Standard and Poor’s scrambled in the afternoon Friday to reconsider its historic decision to downgrade the United States government. Sources familiar with the situation say S&P had to rouse several of its European committee members from bed to hold an emergency conference call as markets headed toward their close in the US.

        ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——– ——–

        …and it’s one, two, three what are we fighting for?
        Don’t ask I don’t give a damn, next stop’s in Vietnam,
        And its 5, 6, 7, 8 open up the pearly gates,
        there ain’t no time to wonder why,
        whoopee we’re all gonna die.

        ~Country Joe and the Fish circa 1969.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soy3PHV3RiM
        That’s not the Woodstock version linked.

        …..and you know that peace can only be won if we blow them all to kingdom come.

      • darkcycle

        I been sayin’ for some time now, Duncan. There’s a different, volitile wind blowing. The one thing I’m more certain of than ever is that something’s gotta give somewhere soon. When it finally happens, I don’t think we’ll have any time or warning whatsoever. One day we’ll get up, get our coffe and fire up the computers in our respective homes in our respective communities and countries, and we’ll see a post here from Pete saying: “We won. Doggonit, the war’s over!” That post will have a thousand comments and then….. we go about our lives. Hope we remember to thank ourselves and each other before we all forget this awful time.

      • Windy

        Duncan,
        We CAN end this horrid war on individual freedom, we could get ourselves a president — Ron Paul — who WILL end the federal government’s war on drug(user)s in 2012 (half the war won by our side, right there). We COULD have this, provided most (all?) reformers change their registration to Republican for just this one presidential election cycle and vote for him in the primaries/caucuses and again in the general when he succeeds in getting the Republican nomination.

        Gary Johnson is good (on drug legalization) but not nearly as popular (with people for whom reform of drug policies is not very high on their priority list) as Ron Paul happens to be (he’d be a great VP with Ron Paul as president), so we have a better chance of getting Ron Paul elected than we do Gary Johnson, because others would also vote for him for other reasons (his principles, his support for Constitutional government, for his understanding of the economy and monetary policies, because he is anti- undeclared war, because he is pro-freedom, etc.).

        So, if reformers truly want to end the prohibition of certain drugs, Dr. Paul is the ONLY choice for 2012. If we miss this opportunity to elect an anti-prohibition president, it could be decades before we get another such opportunity.

  • darkcycle

    Aha. Making sense now…Sinaloa is Calderone’s pet cartel…Calderone is Washington’s pet. The favored pet of a favored pet.
    Cynical? Yes. Cuts through the bullshit? Ditto.

    • Windy

      OT, darkcycle, thought you were away, camping until Sunday? Whahoppen?

      • darkcycle

        Came back early, Windy, My wife’s Mom-n-Dad were tired of sleeping in their camper and so we left Friday. Worked for me, I hate trying to get through the pass on Sunday when all the motorhomes and boats and other campers clog the whole world all up.
        But, dc is back now. Sunburnt and tired.

      • darkcycle

        …been gone since Wed. morning. Two nights in a tent is plenty for old darkcycle nowadays.

      • Windy

        Yep, we gave up camping in a tent a few years back, bought a camper for our truck, used that for a couple years, then last year we sold the truck and camper and bought a (used but well maintained) motorhome, LOVE IT!

  • vickyvampire

    Yeah I saw that Duncan maybe that other CRAZY bitch Governor Fallin from Kentucky will back off a little,now too after seeing sister bitch get slapped a little.

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/08/surprise_surprise_oklahoma_governor_not_ok_with_ma.php

  • Windy

    OT but interesting story from Michigan:
    NEW: Pot grower: Government has gone too far
    http://www.themorningsun.com/articles/2011/08/06/news/doc4e3d5bd66b6aa944601388.txt

    • darkcycle

      Windy…they are going to take that guy down so hard he’ll bounce. For a view of effective civil disobedience along the same lines, but done the right way, Phillip over at Stopthedrugwar.org has this bit from Olympia:
      http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2011/aug/04/wa_man_refuses_marijuana_fines_c

      This is effective because the judge was unable to see this one coming and didn’t silence the man. Judges in this country seem to think it is their job to decide what the truth is before the facts are presented, not after.

      • thelbert

        i checked the roster at thurston county jail yesterday and there was no dana walker listed. wonder where he is ? maybe they made an exception in his case. the guy sure has some guts. looks to me he would have no problems with his fellow inmates.

      • Windy

        They can try, but as you said there is a different wind blowing across our great land these days, and the people (jury) might just make certain he goes free and the government is called out on unconstitutional law. One can hope, anyway.

        Yeah, I saw that article and your comment over there.

        thelbert, Perhaps they put him in Pierce county or King?

  • thelbert

    he’s not in the pierce county jail either. maybe they just took him out in the woods and shot him. i think we are going to have a lot of that before the fascisti give up their grip on power. they are bound to think they can kill their way out of the clusterfuck they have bought into. didn’t work for hitler or mussolini. won’t work for our homegrown police state. they are doomed by simple logistics and economics. they can’t arrest every doper, let alone make them serve long sentences. the only real weapon the waffen dea has is psychological warfare. in other words they have to scare the population into being good little workers that don’t get high, but just work hard and kiss their bosses asses. that’s the true worker’s paradise, at least in henry ford’s vision.

    • Windy

      Back lash will happen, sooner or later. It’s happening in other countries. The riots in London and that beating of a cop by fans on the soccer field in some Slav country. If the cops keep on the path they’re on in this country it will happen here, too. Hope I’m nowhere nearby when it does.

  • malcolm kyle

    Here are Dana Walker’s own words:

    Have you ever wanted to go into a courtroom and honestly tell the judge and prosecutor what you think of their marijuana laws? I have a golden opportunity to do just that and I plan to take full advantage. Those of you who personally know me know I am fully capable of turning righteous indignation into an entertaining show, and I plan to pull out all stops on this one.

    I owe Thurston County over $3,000 for a marijuana charge from back in 1997. I am currently unemployed, I am not a fan of hot weather, and I wouldn’t mind at all spending a few weeks in jail just for the opportunity to tell a court where they can stick their laws.

    If everyone throws a few shovels full of dirt into the cogs of the Machine then the Machine can’t function. If even a relatively insignificant number of criminal defendants demanded full jury trials and court-appointed attorneys and then refused to pay any fines then the entire prison-industrial complex would implode.

    I am also fulfilling a psychological need to take back control of my life. I highly resent the fact that I have been forced by circumstance to kiss their evil asses for over a decade and I will now have my say. I am a keen patron of irony and I LOVE the fact that I am going to reclaim my freedom by going to jail.

    And here is his court statement, which was read into the record, in its entirety:

    I am an active and contributing member of my community and I have earned the respect and admiration of large numbers of the people in my community and I hate to admit it as it goes against my ‘outlaw’ image, but I even obey the traffic laws.

    In spite of all this I now have four felony convictions and three misdemeanor convictions, all for marijuana; I have spent over six years of my life incarcerated in a federal prison and four years on federal probation over marijuana, and Thurston County now wants me to pay a fine of $2,010 for marijuana plus $1,754 in interest on that fine that was accrued as I sat in a federal prison all those years.

    Since I have been smoking marijuana on a regular basis for over 40 years now and suffered no ill effects of any kind whatsoever that I am aware of, since I consider this state’s marijuana laws to be an unacceptable, unconstitutional, and outrageous infringement upon my personal liberty, since I love smoking marijuana and I intend to continue smoking marijuana at any time that I darned well please, and since making someone like me into a criminal over marijuana is insane and stupid; then today I am placing the State of Washington on notice that from this point forward I will not only never again pay the state to prosecute me for marijuana but that I intend to make it as expensive to prosecute me for marijuana as I possibly can — and since I have been in the system for a long time I know how to do that.

    I would also like to point out that the feds had me under their thumb for over 10 years and they did not break me — and as of a few days ago I am no longer under that thumb. And so today I am celebrating and reclaiming my freedom by informing the state that since I will no longer pay your fines and since I no longer fear your jails then — as far as marijuana goes — you no longer have any power over me and that in fact the stick is now in my hand.

    http://cannabis.hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/08/04/wa-man-refuses-marijuana-fines-chooses-jail/

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