When you thought it couldn’t get any worse the NY Times does some investigative reporting and comes up with a biggy. Via Just One Minute. (NYT is behind a paywall for most.)
Apparently, arming the Mexican drug cartels is not enough – now the NY Times reports that the DEA also helps launder their money:
D.E.A. Launders Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels
WASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.
The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.
They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.