This ugly story provides a frightening example of the sordid relationships our government maintains when conducting international narcotics investigations.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Sandalio âSandyâ Gonzalez was shown the door after submitting a memo implicating a U.S. Government informant in several murders in Mexico.
From WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX:
Gonzalez began in early 2004 to question the U.S. government's role in allowing an informant to commit possible crimes, even murder. Twelve bodies had been uncovered in a small duplex in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - a short drive from Gonzalezâs El Paso office. Gonzalez, however, became shocked when he began to review government reports, including a report saying a paid U.S. informant supervised and participated in at least one murder at the cartel-operated house.
I guess even a high-ranking DEA agent has to draw the line somewhere. But Gonzalezâs superiors in Washington, D.C. didnât appreciate his principled stand:
Troubled by what he found, Gonzalez ultimately wrote a memo to his ICE counterpart in El Paso, and sent a copy to the Justice Department. That was the beginning of the end of his career. âIt was a classic case of shooting the messenger,â Gonzalez said. Gonzalez got a bad job review from DEA Administrator Karen Tandy, his boss. And felt pressure to retire early.
A more detailed account available at The Narcosphere, is quite a read. Still, this mess has largely escaped the headlines, surely to the satisfaction of Karen Tandy and her colleagues.
Itâs no secret that our government frequently hires criminals to do its dirty work in the drug war, but condoning murder is a questionable sacrifice even by the drug warâs flimsy moral standards.
Seeing Karen Tandy take a stand against whistle-blowing at DEA is alarming given her agencyâs vulnerability to internal corruption. It makes you wonder what else these guys are up to when theyâre not busy interfering with the democratic process.