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How the Sinaloa cartel won Mexico’s drug war

BADIRAGUATO, Mexico — For well over a century, local farmers have harvested marijuana and opium in the rugged mountains nearby. Since the 1980s, the Sinaloa cartel has acted as their Wal-Mart, transporting the mind-bending cargo north with quasi-corporate efficiency, and distributing it to a narcotics-craving United States market. Now, with 70,000 dead in Mexico's drug war, critics claim the Sinaloa cartel has "won" the country's drug war.

High-ranking cartel member speaks on Operation Fast and Furious

A high-ranking member of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel operative in US custody alleges that Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the Sinaloa cartel in exchange for information used to take down rival cartels, according to court documents. The statement was made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistics coordinator” in charge of arranging massive drug shipments from Latin America to the United States.

Sinaloa cartel carves drug routes in the Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO — The Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s largest drug-smuggling organization, is working with Dominican criminal groups to establish a Caribbean trafficking route, Dominican and US officials said.
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