NEW YORK — Some of Mexico's biggest anti-drug operations were the brainchild of a Mexican drug lord who used the military to fight rival dealers, it was reported today.
The report, based on testimony military officers gave during court proceedings in Mexico City, called into question efforts by the U.S. and Mexican governments to rely on the Mexican military in their war on drugs.
The testimony was part of the case against Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, who was arrested in February and charged with corruption. Prior to his arrest, Gutierrez was Mexico's anti-drug czar.
In transcripts of his defense obtained Friday, Gutierrez says Amado Carrillo Fuentes, whom U.S. and Mexican drug enforcement agencies have identified as Mexico's most powerful drug lord, "could count on the protection of personnel in the Ministry of Defense," adding that a leak from high up helped Carrillo evade arrest in January.