Drug Trafficking Defendant Claims to Have Worked as an Informant for the DEA

A recent article in the Houston Chronicle on the involvement of various U.S. law enforcement agencies in Mexico highlights the complexity of the war on drugs.  The defendant in the federal drug trafficking case, a son of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpins, claims he was helping to run the Sinaloa Cartel while acting as an informant for U.S. agents. He further claims that he was assured by U.S. law enforcement agents that “he could keep breaking the law, and be immune from prosecution, in return for tips on rival cartels.”  Federal prosecutors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) declined to comment on the case, which is ongoing in Chicago, with U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo presiding.

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