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Mexican Drug Cartel Assassins Bought Guns from U.S. Border Patrol

A Mexican assassin who turned protected government witness against an accountant for the Sinaloa cartel has revealed in testimony that the cartel purchased weapons from the U.S. border patrol, according to Revista Contralinea (see translation from Spanish here).

WASR-10 rifles, a knock-off of the AK-47, were obtained from the Border Patrol and used in a turf war against rival drug gangs from Santa Ana to Nogales, Mexico. The Sinaloa cartel sent assassins to kill members of the Zetas and Beltrán-Leyva cartels and take control of the sale of cocaine and marijuana in the area, according to the informant going by the name “Victoria.”

The Los Angeles Times reported in October, 2010, that the war between the rival cartels was “a siege of medieval proportions that has cut off a region about the size of Rhode Island… There have been massacres and scores of kidnappings, but the war has gone largely unnoticed because of its remoteness, intimidation of journalists and the slow-motion tactics.”

Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator” and who faces drug charges in the United States, claims the Fast & Furious operation was not about tracking guns, but supplying the Sinaloa Cartel with weapons to eliminate rivals.

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