condemns US ‘interference’ in drug warfare

22 condemns US ‘interference’ in drug warfare

The DEA’s infiltration of the Sinaloa Cartel with out state permission quantities to espionage, the Mexican president says

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, generally referred to as AMLO, has excoriated the US Drug Enforcement Company for infiltrating the Sinaloa Cartel with out his permission, accusing Washington of “abusive interference” at a press convention on Monday.

“There can’t be overseas brokers in our nation, no,” AMLO insisted, explaining that whereas the US and Mexico might share info, Mexico alone will resolve who can “intervene.” The rest, he mentioned, is an unacceptable violation of Mexican sovereignty.

Solely after the security of Mexicans – from each the ultraviolent cartels and DEA operatives – is assured can the matter of aiding the US in its drug warfare be taken up, he mentioned. “Cooperation sure, submission no.”

The DOJ introduced final week the indictment of 28 senior figures within the Sinaloa Cartel on prices that embody drug and weapons trafficking, cash laundering, homicide, extortion, kidnapping, and torture. Prosecutors boasted that the DEA had “proactively infiltrated” the cartel and its offshoot, the Chapitos (‘little Chapos’, named for the offspring of Sinaloa drug lord El Chapo), and had been following its actions for a 12 months and a half, all with out informing the Mexican authorities, which it continued to accuse of not doing sufficient to cease the circulation of illicit fentanyl into America.

AMLO has repeatedly denied that Mexico is liable for manufacturing fentanyl, pointing the finger at Asian chemical suppliers – plus the weaknesses in American society which have given rise to the demand for the artificial opioid, which induced greater than 100,000 deadly overdoses final 12 months. On Monday, he added that the US is silly to “blindly belief” its DEA brokers when “it’s confirmed that a lot of them… keep, or maintained, hyperlinks with organized crime.”

Whereas he was particularly referring to the DEA’s former chief for Mexico, Nicholas Palmieri, who quietly retired final 12 months when it emerged that he had grow to be too pleasant with outstanding cartel attorneys. In the meantime, the DEA’s total overseas operations are presently below an exterior evaluate ordered in response to the conviction of former agent Jose Irizarry on cash laundering prices. Irizarry named dozens of senior DEA brokers in good standing as his companions in crime, describing an operation that spanned three continents and feasted on the fruits of the cartel thousands and thousands it laundered.

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