The BBC documentary "Secrets of Mexico's Drug Wars" alleges the American government backed the Sinaloa cartel as reported by Tim Dowling for The Guardian: "it seems unquestionable that the policy of rewarding and protecting informants ran out of control, essentially making the US government an accessory to all sorts of criminal behaviour," and "nowhere was this better illustrated than by" its gun walking operation Fast and Furious which provided thousands of high-powered assault weapons without any tracking devices to Sinaloa enforcers.
Indeed, an increasing number of well-respected and highly-informed individuals conjecture that the Fast and Furious was a CIA operation to arm the Sinaloa cartel in order to defeat Los Zetas as reported by Michael Walsh for the New York Post:
Under this theory, the Agency feared the los Zetas drug cartel was becoming too powerful and might even mount a coup against the Mexican government. So some 2,000 weapons costing more than $1.25 million were deliberately channeled to the rival Sinaloa cartel, which operates along the American border, to keep the Zetas in check.
The Mexican cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. There is no way that such a well-entrenched operation could be so successfully accomplished without a little help from well-placed friends. Perhaps it would be a useful exercise to investigate the finances of some businessmen who donate campaign funds to American politicians in support of the open border which enables the smooth exchange of drugs and cash.
The Sinaloa cartel has turned Chicago, IL "into one of the nation's largest drug trafficking hubs, replete with the violence and related crimes that come with that designation," and it's taken root in the Mexican neighborhoods as reported by Andrew O'Reilly for Fox News Latino: "Cook County police say that the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village, both of which are about 82 percent Hispanic according to Census data, have become hubs for Sinaloa Cartel associates who traffic heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine across the city and -- with easy access to the Stevenson, Dan Ryan, and Eisenhower Expressways -- across the country." Congressman Luis Gutierrez represents this district dubbed "Mexico of the Midwest" yet the politician for the last twenty years has remained inexplicably silent on cartel control over the territory even though he's otherwise known for his big mouth.
Last year the House Ethics Committee released a report concluding there is "substantial reason" to believe Gutierrez "violated the rules of the House of Representatives and possibly federal law by paying his former chief of staff at least $590,000 in fees over 10 years while the former aide was also working as a lobbyist," and "it plans to continue reviewing the allegations" against the politician as reported by Ed O'Keefe for The Washington Post: "under official House rules, members may use their official budgets only for 'official and representational expenses,'" and "the money cannot be used to pay for 'activities or events that are primarily social in nature, personal expenses, campaign or political expenses."
Gutierrez is no stranger to controversy, and he long has been dogged by critical press for his family's real estate dealings in Chicagoland as reported by the Chicago Tribune: "Over the years, Gutierrez has enjoyed a close relationship with several developers. He has entered into real estate deals with them, and they have helped finance his re-elections." For example, in 2004 Gutierrez "personally lobbied Mayor Richard Daley to back a controversial multimillion-dollar development for a campaign contributor who had just lent the congressman $200,000 in a real estate deal."
Further reading that may be of interest: