National Public Radio’s John Burnett talks about his four-month investigation of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, which the U.S. Department of Justice calls one of the largest organized crime syndicates in the world, with international scope. It’s got presence in dozens of countries. A major smuggler of all types of narcotics into the U.S., its leader is Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug lord.
Burnett found documentary evidence and sources in Juarez that we believe confirm elements of the Mexican military are helping the Sinaloa Cartel to take over Juarez, which is a very valuable border crossing and a smuggling corridor. Burnett and his associates also found that there are half as many arrests of Sinaloans as the government says there are. In the cases of about 400 public officials arrested for working with the cartels, the Sinaloans focused their bribes more on top federal officials – including the military – than the other cartels do.