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US Government Deals with Mexican Drug Cartel in Exchange for Information.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Between 2000 and 2012, the US government had a deal with Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa that allowed the group to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in return for information on its rival cartels, according to court documents published by El Universal.

Written statements made by a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and a US Department of Justice official in US District Court of Chicago following the 2009 arrest of Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, son of a Sinaloa leader Ismael El Mayo Zambada and the organization's alleged logistics coordinator, indicate that DEA agents met with top Sinaloa officials over 50 times beginning in 2000, RT reported. "The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the US," El Universal reported. El Universal, of Mexico, is the first news outlet to publish the documents. Its investigation included interviews with over 100 active and retired police officers, in addition to prisoners and experts. The DEA did not comment for the story. The news daily reported that the US-Sinaloa relationship peaked between 2006 and 2012, as multiple cartels tightened their grip in Mexico. The revelations follow years of allegations that Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, leader of Sinaloa and considered one of the world's most powerful drug traffickers, had coordinated with US authorities. Sinaloa has a formidable presence in the US. For example, the DEA has said the cartel supplies 80 percent of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, worth US$3 billion, that enters the Chicago area per year. Ee Ee Ee

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