Sweet Chicago, AKA Chiraq: Making the Numbers Lie
On any given weekend, President Obama’s self-identified hometown of Chicago has more shootings than downtown Baghdad. : As such, residents have taken to a new name for Chicago:: Chiraq. : In 36 hours over the weekend of April 11th, at least: 36 people were shot in 36 hours. : Even more explosive than the fatalities are two stories that tie in directly with Chicago’s spike and subsequently touted drop in violent crime.
The first is the story of a deal between the DEA and the Sinaloa Cartel that enabled Sinaloa leaders to maximize their exports of drugs into the U.S., resulting in a turf war on the streets of Chicago that led to the Chicago Crime Commission designating Sinaloa leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as: Public Enemy #1.
The only other individual to receive the designation of Public Enemy #1 was Al Capone. : The Crime Commission cited the Sinaloa Cartel’s use of Chicago as a hub and a destination; the bulk of the drugs that are sold on the street in Chicago are the product of the Sinaloa Cartel, and Chicago is their distribution center for many other areas of the United States.
The Mexican newspaper: El Universal: broke the story of a secret deal between the Sinaloa Cartel and the DEA: dating back to at least 2000, whereby the Sinaloa Cartel provided information on rival drug cartels in exchange for dropped criminal charges against its members and the DEA’s cooperation in allowing Sinaloa drug shipments into the U.S. without interference. : El Universal’s reporting, corroborated by interviews with DEA agents and cartel members, was further fleshed out in a: Memorandum of Law In Support Of Motion For Discovery: Regarding Defense Of Public Authority filed by top cartel member: Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who sought additional discovery documents for his defense from the Department of Justice.
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