Top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial said to leak data to drug car­tels

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

MEX­ICO CITY | In a ma­jor em­bar­rass­ment for Mex­i­can law en­force­ment, U.S. pros­e­cu­tors said in doc­u­ments made pub­lic Wed­nes­day that the com­man­der of a Mex­i­can po­lice in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing unit was pass­ing in­for­ma­tion on a DEA in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the Beltran Leyva drug car­tel in ex­change for mil­lions of dol­lars.

Ivan Reyes Arzate, named in a U.S. district court in­dict­ment, was the com­man­der of a sen­si­tive fed­eral po­lice in­ves­tiga­tive unit. The spe­cial units, known as SIUs, were formed start­ing in the 1990s pre­cisely to cre­ate more se­cure groups that the U.S. could feel more com­fort­able shar­ing in­tel­li­gence with. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. in­dict­ment, Mr. Reyes Arzate was caught on a wire­tap in Septem­ber telling a drug traf­ficker to get rid of his com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment be­cause his phones were be­ing tapped.

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