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U.S. Government, Sinaloa Cartel, Fast and Furious Coverup?

September 6, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Government, Sinaloa Cartel, Fast and Furious Coverup?

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Over the past decade, allegations of collusion between U.S. law enforcement and the Sinaloa cartel have existed.

Experts of the Mexican drug war on both sides of the border have accused the United States government of siding with the Sinaloa cartel over rival cartels.

Many of them point to operation Fast-n-Furious, the scandalous ATF gun running program, which saw straw purchasers for the Sinaloa cartel illegally purchase large quantities of arms from gun dealers in Arizona, who were then allowed walk the arms across the border without any interference from federal agents, as proof behind the allegations.

The intention of the operation was that once the guns were sold to powerful drug cartels, the ATF would later trace the firearms. However, Whistleblowers and investigators would later reveal that no attempt to trace the guns was in fact ever made.

Now the latest action by the U.S. government has further fueled the allegations.

Last Monday, U.S. prosecutors filed a motion, asking a federal district court judge to not allow any details of ATF’s gun walking operation in the upcoming murder trial of two suspected members of a rip crew’ for the Sinaloa cartel, who are accused of killing U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Terry died after he ran into heavily armed men carrying those same illegal guns purchased from the gun operation.

In a court filing Monday, prosecutors are trying to keep some details about the guns found at the slain agent’s murder scene away from the jury.

Terry, 40, was part of the Border Patrol’s elite BORTAC unit. In December 2010, the group of agents was patrolling an area outside of Nogales, Ariz., named Mesquite Seep.

Terry’s unit were looking for a cartel rip crew, short for rip-off crew comprised of men from Sinaloa who were roaming the border region in search of rival drug smugglers to rob.

A gunbattle broke out, Terry was shot and died at the scene. One of the rip crew members, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, was also wounded in the exchange.

Two AK 47 assault rifles that were found at the crime scene, were purchased from a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. Prosecutors acknowledge that those two rifles were part of Operation Fast and Furious.

The admission was made despite the fact that FBI ballistics experts were never able to tie the rounds that killed Terry to either gun, which was rather curious.

In Monday’s filings, the U.S. government acknowledges that two firearms used by members of the rip-crew were recovered at the scene of the murder.

However, U.S. prosecutor Laura Duffy wrote:

“Informing the jurors in this case of the connection between the firearms and the “Fast and Furious” investigation will serve no legitimate purpose because that connection is irrelevant to the charges against the defendants.”

Former Drug Enforcement agent Jeff Prather, who now teaches self-defense and weapons training. He was not involved with the gun-walking operation but has worked as a liaison between the ATF and the DEA, ridiculed the govenment’s motion.

“I would ask you. Does it make any reasonable, rational, logical sense to separate the probable murder weapon from the murder case, unless you are trying to cover something up?” Prather said.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was grilled by on Capitol Hill  in 2014 during congressional hearings on  Fast and Furious

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was grilled by on Capitol Hill in 2014 during congressional hearings on Fast and Furious

That has long been a criticism of the Justice Department’s gunwalking scandal. More that 2,400 guns were lost and many were used in murders in Mexico, many of them were innocent civilians.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was heavily criticized, and some even speculate it could have been the main factor in his resignation.

“This is our former Attorney General who first said there was no Fast and Furious. And then said he didn’t know about it. And then admitted that he knew about it,” Prather said.

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Ivan Soto Barraza and Jesus Lionel Sanchez-Mesa, will stand trial for the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Two men will stand trial for Terry’s murder, Ivan Soto Barraza and Jesus Lionel Sanchez-Mesa,  were captured in Mexico and extradited to the U.S.  Both have pled not guilty to first-degree murder.

The recruiter of the rip-off crew was Rosario Burboa Alvarez, pleaded guilty In early August, to first-degree murder avoiding the death penalty.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, which is prosecuting the case in Tucson said Duffy’s office would let the court filing speak for itself.

She declined to answer specific questions as to why the U.S. was trying to keep the scandal out of the murder trial.

Since the scandal broke, the government’s actions with regards with Fast and Furious has been called into question.

A federal judge will hear U.S. prosecutors arguments before the trial begins.

The man who originally blew the whistle on the operation, retired ATF Special Agent John Dodson, says he hopes the government’s motion is denied, so that all the facts come out.

“The DOJ and ATF want the American public, and now the judge, to pretend our government’s direct involvement in the death of an American hero is irrelevant,” he explained. “How convenient.

Dodson was recently featured in a BBC documentary, ‘Secrets of The Drug War.’ Dodson explained how he clashed with his superiors as they continuously stopped him and other agents from apprehending the  cartel gunrunners, despite the fact they had enough evidence to warrant making arrests.

Special Agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious, John Dodson

Special Agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious, John Dodson

He said after Terry’s death, the ATF were attempting to cover up any link back to the the Fast and Furious operation, which is why he decided to blow the whistle.

Dodson also made an astonishing revelation to the BBC: “Like any investigation, you start with the suspects at the bottom, and you work your way up the ladder, the only problem was, we could never get any higher, because the next run on the ladder, the people in charge of  the purchasing of firearms for the cartel, were ALREADY paid informants working for the FBI.”

The FBI were fully aware of the gun walking by the informants within the Sinaloa cartel, who were paid $250,000, in tax payer money, which Dodson alleges was used in the purchasing of the firearms.

Dodson’s accounts were corroborated by none other than the Prince of the Sinaloa Cartel himself, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, a high-ranking logistics coordinator and the son of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada Garcia,  one of the top bosses of the Sinaloa Cartel and partner to Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman,.

Zambada-Niebla was captured in Mexico and extradited to Chicago in 2009 on drug trafficking charges.

Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla  known as“El Vicentillo, during his arrest in 2009

Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla known as“El Vicentillo, after his arrest in 2009 by Mexican forces

In 2012, Zambada-Niebla made headlines after he vowed in court to reveal U.S. undercover operations in Mexico during trial and federal law enforcement’s direct dealings with the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.

Zambada-Niebla claimed that the DEA and other federal law enforcement agencies implemented a “divide and conquer” strategy, alleging that the United States government had protected his father’s drug cartel in return for providing information against rival cartel members.

Furthermore, the young narco kingpin said that as part of an agreement, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa cartel, specifically through gun walking operations, including Fast and Furious,’ in exchange for information used to take down rival cartels.

However, before he could disclose any further information, U.S. Attorneys secretly struck a deal with Zambada-Niebla to become a cooperating witness for the U.S. government.

Leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada Garcia (r) and Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman' (l)

Leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada Garcia (r) and Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’ (l)

The plea agreement would prevent any further exposure and divulgence of DEA operations or their alleged involvement with cartels in Mexico.

“The dirty little secret that DOJ and ATF wants buried and forgotten is that the ATF was involved, and did ease and assist the arming of Sinaloa narco-traffickers with ‘assault weapons. Thousands of them. The very federal agency tasked with preventing drug traffickers from obtaining firearms instead helped them,’ Dodson said.

He added: “If I had my way, the ATF agents and managers who helped arm both the rip crew defendants that killed Brian Terry and  the cartels responsible for the deaths of thousands of people  and the DOJ executives who turned a blind eye to the gunrunning, would be on trial right alongside Ivan Soto Barraza and Jesus Lionel Sanchez Mesa.

“They may be less guilty than the drug runners, but not a lot less. They just happen to work for the DOJ and when you have that going for you crimes are given a free pass.”

Dodson concluded, ‘After seeing all this, I had to take a long hard look at myself, the agency I worked for and the things that we did, because everything looked different, and I had to ask myself…

Are we the bad guys..?”

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