Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from the maximum security Altiplano prison in Mexico on Saturday.

Guzman, who is considered “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker” by the US government and who is on the Forbes list of billionaires, worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Administration to eliminate his competitors.

Following the 2009 arrest Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the son of a Sinaloa leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, it was discovered members of the notorious cartel met with DEA officials at least 50 times since 2000.

A report published in early 2014 by El Universal confirmed the arrangement, which included “an array of future benefits, including dropping charges pending against Sinaloa members” in exchange for information of rival drug cartels, according to the Latin Times.

The primary benefit for Guzman and Sinaloa Cartel was the ability to ship billions of dollars worth of narcotics into the United States without fear of DEA interference.

“The newspaper’s investigation also confirmed long-held suspicions that U.S. authorities were signing secret agreements with Mexican drug cartels — especially Sinaloa, which CIA operatives have said was a favorite for use in achieving geo-political objectives,” Alex Newman wrote for The New American.

In 2012, Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva, spokesman for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, told AlJazeera the CIA manages the illegal drug business in Mexico.

CIA Manages Drug Trade for Wall Street

According to the late investigator and author Mike Ruppert, “the point is that with 250 billion dollars a year in illegal drug money moved, laundered through the American economy, that money benefits Wall Street. That’s the point of having the prohibitive drug trade, which the CIA effectively manages for the benefit of Wall Street.”

“So the purpose of the Agency being involved in the drug trade has been to generate illegal cash, fluid liquid capital, which gives those who can get their hands on it an unfair advantage in the marketplace…. The drug money is always going through Wall Street. Wall Street smells money and doesn’t care where the money comes from; they’ll go for the drug money.”

In 1996 Ruppert publicly confronted CIA director John Deutch. Ruppert said during his experience as an LAPD narcotics officer he had seen evidence of CIA complicity in drug dealing. The accusation, clumsily handled by Deutch, resulted in his termination from the agency.

The CIA link to Wall Street is well-known. The agency’s “intimate links to Wall Street strongly suggest that the CIA was created to serve the perceived interests of investment bankers. The well documented links to Wall Street can be traced to the founding of the agency,” writes Mark Gaffney.

Former CIA director Richard Helms admitted as much when he said Allen Dulles recruited an advisory group in 1946 of six men “made up almost exclusively of Wall Street investment bankers and lawyers. Dulles himself was an attorney at the prominent Wall Street law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell.” The advisory group met for years in the offices of J.H. Whitney, a Wall Street investment firm.

Ruppert’s charge was underscored by Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, who said in 2009 the financial class remained solvent during the subprime mortgage blowout due to a huge infusion of illegal drug money, “the only liquid investment capital” available to many banks that stood on the brink of collapse.

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