Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla was the logistics coordinator for the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. He has been quietly held in various U.S. prisons since before the Fast and Furious story even broke.
“The Sinaloa cartel, under the leadership of defendant’s father, Ismael Zambada [Garcia], and ‘Chapo’ Guzman, was given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States and was also protected by the U.S. government from arrest and prosecution in return for providing information against rival cartels, which helped Mexican and U.S. authorities capture or kill thousands of rival cartel members.”
Zambada-Niebla said DEA and other federal agents reneged only hours after coming to a protection agreement in exchange for his inside information. He was led to believe that under the agreement, any activities of the Sinaloa cartel, including the kind described in the indictment, were covered, and that he was immune from arrest or prosecution ~ even though the DEA agents knew that there was an extradition warrant outstanding for his arrest.