Did the U.S. create the biggest Mexican drug king in Chicago?

So who do we know who does dope in Chicago?

So who do we know who does dope in Chicago?

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.


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14 responses to “Did the U.S. create the biggest Mexican drug king in Chicago?

  1. jB

    Maybe it’s time to legalize it all.

    • It was time 110 years ago. In the Bloomberg article here (second link), a drug warrior estimates that we’re catching “at best, 10%” of the drugs coming in. That’s exactly the same percentage as it was in 1960, 1970, and all the way up to today. We’ve spent billions of dollars, trampled on citizens’ rights (read about Coast Guard “stop an destroy” boat searches of elderly returnees off Florida), enriched the Taliban, created hundreds if thousands of gang members and bankrupting ourselves building prisons for drug addicts, all to no effect.

      • jB

        According to NPR this Guzman guy is bigger than Capone which reminded me of an interesting footnote I found a long time ago looking into the topic: alcohol consumption in the US and the UK trended the same before, during and, after the American Prohibition. It would seem prohibition had no effect at all.

        • housecat

          Actually, all Prohibition did was create an incentive for people to drink more. Must be the ‘rebel’ streak endemic to Homo Americanus.

      • AJ

        Nothing crazy about it at all. It was entirely planned and had the desired effect — it made the Patriot Act seem reasonable.

      • AJ

        “… building prisons for drug addicts”? Cocaine is not addictive, i.e., not physically addictive and neither is pot: the two drugs most people are in prison for. However, they are both habit forming. But it seems habits no longer exist; all being called addictions now. Habits have gone out of fashion and addictions are in. People are now addicted to everything, from hockey to football, to watching television and eating potato chips; some people are even addicted to sex. Whatever your passion you’re no longer burdened with mere habit, what you have is something more serious and complex, serious and complex like yourself: you have an addiction and are to be taken seriously. Why yes, of course I am. You couldn’t be more right.

        • Cocaine alters brain chemistry in a number of ways and is clearly physically addictive.


        • AJ

          Richard, you can find tons of sites claiming cocaine to be addictive, but that doesn’t make it true. Back in the eighties, when everybody was snorting up tons of the stuff, including myself, I got tired of having permanent sniffles and going through a box or two of Kleenex everyday. So I just stopped, just like that, as simple as making the decision and never missed it or tried it since. I know lots of other people who did exactly the same thing. It’s much easier than giving up smoking. So you can believe all the propaganda — there’s no end to the number of websites that support your view: a lie told often enough — that keeps the government sponsored drug war going if you like, that I know from first-hand experience to be a lie.

          Don’t fall for the brain chemistry scam, where they show you brain scans of peoples brains lighting up in anticipation of cocaine or tobacco. The same patterns emerge in anticipation of chocolate, sex or any other thing people like to do, proving nothing more than that people like to do what people like to do. There’s a surprise.

          The chemicals used to make cocaine, and whatever the stuff may be cut with, however are not and may not be good for your health. So it should be legalized in natural leaf form or in processed forms as produced by certified pharmaceutical labs, and offered at prices that undercut criminal competition. And yes, you can overdose on it, but that is also the case with alcohol.

  2. towny

    The American ‘war on drugs’ is a jobs program.

    NAFTA wouldnt work without tons =literally= of money flowing south.

    If you are really interested: Read the below.


    • towny

      And anyway, Sinolans ‘worked; with the DFS to rid Mexico of Communist guerrillas in the 1970;s. and n the 1980;s, co trained with cia/dfs Nicaraguan and Salvadorean contras. When the Taliban took over Afghanistan and eradicated the poppy crops, the US looked to the Sinaloans for their poppy crops

      • towny

        Also, Shorty Guzman “and others” have had a significant effect on reducing the monetary power of FARC and the Shining Path.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      The American ‘war on drugs’ is a jobs program.

      Criminal defense attorney bread & butter. Revenue enhancer through asset forfeiture. Private prisons. Food service industry serving prisons public and private. Constructing trades to build more prisons. That’s just a few I can think of this early in the morning.

  3. Chief Scrotum

    If anyone was vaguely interested in stopping the flow of drugs, they’d stop the flow of money associated with it, that flows through banks/brokers and real estate.


  4. Peg

    People have been attempting to alter their consciousness ever since there have been people. Trying to stop this is like trying to stop gravity.

    We need laws prohibiting people from engaging in dangerous activities while under the influence. But simply being under the influence? Another road to ruin (as we can clearly see if we open our eyes).