I am a former DEA agent that opened the case against El Chapo's rival cartel, the Arellano Felix Organization. And I am ProPublica reporter David Epstein who investigated this story. Ask us anything.
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In between major Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and El Chapo, currently the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, there was the Arellano Felix Organization run by the Arellano brothers. In the early 1990s, the AFO and El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel were rivals, fighting to be the biggest and baddest drug traffickers in Mexico. The AFO, which invented “pozole,” dissolving bodies in lye or acid and pouring them down the drain as seen in Breaking Bad, was at one point was responsible for 40 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States. One former lieutenant said that Benjamin Arellano, an AFO leader, was responsible for more killings than the 9/11 terrorists.
When the DEA started investigating the AFO in the early ‘90s, the agency thought it would last six months. It didn’t. It lasted 20 years.
Read that story here: https://www.propublica.org/article/devils-deals-and-the-dea
I am Jack Robertson, a former DEA agent who fought El Chapo’s primary rival — the AFO — for 20 years. (I also went on to help take down Lance Armstrong.)
I am ProPublica reporter David Epstein who wrote this this never-before-told chapter of the rise of El Chapo and the role the United States government played in it.
Ask us anything. My Proof: Jack: http://imgur.com/SpFMFcT David: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Epstein_(journalist)