The drug war is lucrative business for the drug cartels. It’s also lucrative for various U.S. and local government agencies that see their budgets grow annually to fight a battle they don’t intend to win.
It’s so lucrative, in fact, that the Federal government is now picking winners and losers in Mexico’s drug wars by allowing some cartels free reign to commit murder within the United States and transport multi-ton quantities of drugs across the U.S. border with impunity. These revelations come from emails hacked from the security firm Stratfor and released by WikiLeaks and from recent Federal court filings.
In the emails, a Mexican diplomat dubbed MX1 wrote that both Mexican and American authorities have been negotiating deals with the larger cartels, tolerating their cross-border trafficking and encouraging them to take out the smaller cartels in the belief that fewer cartels would be able to negotiate their differences peaceably. “They want the CARTELS to negotiate with EACH Other. The idea is that if they can do this, violence will drop and the governments will allow controlled drug trades,” the email stated.
Another leaked email from a Federal law enforcement supervisor stated: “Regarding ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] screwing up informants: They [ICE] were handling big hit men from Juarez and letting them kill in the U.S.”
In Federal court filings, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla (said to be the “logistics coordinator” for Sinaloa, a major Mexican cartel) claimed the U.S. government had offered his organization virtual immunity to import tons of drugs across the border. He also claimed that in exchange for information on rival cartels, the Sinaloa cartel was armed by Federal agents and aided in avoiding Mexican authorities.
The war on drugs is sham and a scam and Federal agents and Federal agencies are corrupted by it. Meanwhile, U.S. prisons and cemeteries are overflowing with the victims.