This administration’s dealings with Mexican drug cartels continue to shift the boundaries of what seems crazy. Earlier this year, I would have thought it absurd to suggest that the ATF and five other federal agencies would traffic weapons to Mexican drug cartels in order to promote gun-control in the United States. Now we know they did exactly that, and the only thing disputable is their motive.
The latest development is from the El Paso Times:
U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.
The allegations are part of the defense of Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago. . . The case could prove to be a bombshell on par with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious,” except that instead of U.S. guns being allowed to walk across the border, the Sinaloa cartel was allowed to bring drugs into the United States. Zambada-Niebla claims he was permitted to smuggle drugs from 2004 until his arrest in 2009.
We don’t know yet if this is true; the Justice Department has refused to say. (The judge ordered them to respond by September 11.) But if it is, we will have to redraw the entire envelope of misconduct that we consider possible from this administration.