It’s the kind of speculation that a few years ago, only AJ and his Royal Canadians would believe. Today, it seems entirely plausible to even a (once) non-conspiracist like me.
(By the way, there are an estimated 70,000 gang members in Chicago, and while the affluent white neighborhoods are violence free, those gangsters are killing each other off in a constant war to establish and keep drug territories. Couldn’t we just confiscate the drugs there and have peace?)
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, owns the Chicago-area drug game.
Sinaloa members have embedded themselves in the city’s robust Hispanic population, employing tens of thousands of local gang members to push all kinds of drugs in the streets.
And Illinois’ highways allow for distribution across the Midwest, making it a hub for North America’s staggering meth problem.
As to how a man from a small mountain village in Mexico became the pusherman for America’s third-largest city, there are allegations that the Sinaloa cartel works with the U.S. government.
Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistics coordinator” and son of a principal Sinaloa leader, asserted in court documents that Guzman is a U.S. informant and Sinaloa was “given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago.
Niebla also alleged that Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals.
A Mexican foreign service officer made similar claims to the private security firm Stratfor, according to leaked emails. And a former Sinaloa member told a similar story about Sinaloa working with law enforcement to Aram Roston of Newsweek.