In exchange for the limitless credit card the DEA handed them, the Sinaloa provided information that led to the seizure of a 23-ton shipment of cocaine. Or, to put that in terms that the Sinaloa will understand, the equivalent of a single day's delivery. Seems like a pretty solid trade.
Leaving An Informant's Name And Photograph At A Drug Dealer's House
UpperCut Images/UpperCut Images/Getty Images
On the rare occasions where the DEA solves a case without breaking a bazillion laws, it's thanks to an informant -- someone who provides valuable insider information in exchange for the understanding that their partnership with the government is kept secret.
You can probably guess where this is going.
Following a bust of a suspected drug ring, the DEA ransacked the ringleader's house, searching for contraband and any other incriminating evidence. Satisfied with their work, they left the house, possibly on their way to Hooters to reward themselves for a job well done. However, for reasons that cannot possibly be explained, they left behind a collection of sensitive legal documents used to organize the bust, among which lay details of their investigation as well as the identity of the informant who had ratted the criminals out.
Minerva Studio/iStock/Getty Images
"I would drive back to get them, but I'm already drunk, and that would be irresponsible."
The paperwork was discovered by the ringleader's father, who photographed the documents, distributing the images as far and wide as he could, and then contacting the informant and threatening them with the sorts of acts that vengeful drug dealers are known for (chainsaws, tigers, etc.).
Thankfully, the father was arrested before he could make good on any of his threats, but holy shit -- the DEA basically left their secret informant's name tag at the home of the drug dealer he had just informed on. That's like robbing someone's house and leaving your yearbook photo with your home address and a list of the times you are most likely to be alone.
Image Source/Image Source/Getty Images
"Oh, shit, I forgot to include my biggest fears and the combination to my gun cabinet."
Also check out 5 Facts About Meth the Anti-Drug Ads Won't Show You and 6 Realities of Cooking Illegal Drugs (Not Seen on TV).