Drugs kingpin Joaquin ” El Chapo ” Guzman had a fearsome array of weaponry, including a gold-plated Kalashnikov AK-47 and a diamond-encrusted pistol engrave with his initials.
But his ultimate weapon was American law enforcement, according to shock new claims.
A Mexican investigative journalist has said that the leaders of Sinaloa Cartel secretly provided information about his rivals to America’s DEA and FBI.
According to Anabel Hernandez, the FBI and the American anti-drug trafficking agency DEA met El Chapo and the current Sinaloa cartel boss , Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, several times to receive information from them about their rival gangs.
The FBI is currently offering a reward of $5million for information leading to El Mayo’s capture
Hernandez said in an interview with journalist Luisa Cantu for the TV programme ‘La Octava’ broadcast by Televisa, that Zambada’s son Vicente Zambada Niebla, aka ‘El Vicentillo’, gave her this information.
Zambada Niebla is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence in the United States for drug trafficking after he was arrested in Mexico in 2009.
Hernandez said: “Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, the true gang boss of the Mexican gang bosses, and his partner and right-hand man Joaquin Guzman and Vicente Zambada Niebla were informers for the DEA.”
She continued: “They had meetings with the DEA and they gave them information about their enemies.
The fewer competitors they had, the more they grew.”
According to Hernandez, the DEA and the FBI also had meetings with members of rival gangs of the Sinaloa cartel including Edgar Valdez Villareal, aka ‘La Barbie’, a member of the Beltran Leyva cartel who was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and sentenced to 49 years in prison in the United States for drug trafficking.
The Beltran Leyva cartel was a branch of the Sinaloa Cartel headed by the five Beltran Leyva brothers who later became broke away and became a rival of El Chapo’s gang.
The journalist added: “The DEA also received information from them (Valdez Villareal and the Beltran Leyva cartel).
“The DEA had the whole puzzle figured out. They were controlling the threads in one way or another and influencing the criminal game of drug cartels.”
Valdez Villareal cooperated with the DEA of San Antonio, Texas and the DEA in Mexico for three years before his arrest as well as with the FBI in McAllen, Texas, and the FBI office in the United States Embassy in Mexico, according to Hernandez.