Government Helped Rise of Mexican Drug Cartel:
Mexican newspaper reveals secret arrangement
between DEA and Sinaloa cartel
By Per Liljas
11, 2017 "Information
U.S. government allowed the Mexican Sinaloa drug
cartel to carry out its business unimpeded
between 2000 and 2012 in exchange for
information on rival cartels, an investigation
by El Universal
court documents, the Mexican newspaper reports
that DEA officers met with top Sinaloa officials
over fifty times and offered to have charges
against cartel members dropped in the U.S.,
among other pledges.
Edgardo Buscaglia, a senior research scholar in
law and economics at Columbia University, says
that the tactic has been previously used in
Colombia, Cambodia, Thailand and Afghanistan.
course, this modus operandi involves a violation
of public international law, besides adding more
fuel to the violence, violations of due process
and of human rights,” he told El Universal.
Frechette, a former U.S. ambassador to Colombia,
said while that the problem of drug trafficking
in Colombia persists, the tactic of secret
agreements had managed to reduce it.
period when the relationship between the DEA and
Sinaloa was supposed to have been the closest,
between 2006 and 2012, saw a major surge of
violence in Mexico, and was the time when
the Sinaloa cartel rose significantly in
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