The Sinaloa cartel obtained key information about Federal Police anti-drug operations and even “the reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides to Mexico,” the Reforma newspaper reported Monday.
A front-page story in the daily says Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman knew, at least until May 2009, “the details about investigations being conducted by the navy and the Special Organized Crime Prosecutor’s Office (Siedo),” a unit of the Attorney General’s Office.
Army troops found classified documents about communications and federal security forces deployments in the possession of Roberto Beltran Burgos when he was arrested on May 29, 2009, in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state.
The documents contained “information that only circulates among a few high-level officials in the government,” Reforma said.
Guzman was aware of “every step that the federal government” took against the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s oldest and largest drug trafficking organization, the newspaper said.
The classified documents contained “descriptions of ranks and responsibilities, code names, e-mail addresses, cell phone numbers and the identification numbers for the Nextel radios used by the main federal armed forces support commanders,” Reforma said.
The drug traffickers kept an accounting book with the codenames of federal officials on the cartel’s payroll, a list that “has not been completely deciphered,” the newspaper said.
“The original documents are written in code and the only clear thing is that there was a schedule of deposits for all Sinaloa cartel associates,” Reforma said.
The Sinaloa cartel, whose other leaders include Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, “has an efficient system for obtaining information from the main intelligence agencies of the state, allowing it to even obtain the reports that the DEA provides to Mexico,” the newspaper said.
The powerful cartel has used this advantage to “reduce the risk” in its criminal activities “since it has obtained precise information about the government’s operations and targets at just the right time, allowing it to evade them,” Reforma said.
These revelations demonstrate the “extremely serious problems that exist for international cooperation” in the war on drugs, security specialist Samuel Gonzalez, a former head of the UEDO organized crime unit, told MVS radio.