Top intelligence official said to leak data to drug cartels
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.