CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Chicago say the leaders of a powerful Mexican drug cartel once planned a military-style attack on a U.S. or Mexican government building.
Prosecutors described the allegations in documents filed Thursday in the case against Vicente Zambada, who they say is a top lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel. He’s in custody in Chicago awaiting trial.READ MORE: Prosecutor, Defense Deliver Opening Statements In Jussie Smollett Trial
Prosecutors say the cartel members were upset about American law enforcement interfering with their drug business and sought dozens of American-made weapons for an attack in Mexico City.
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The possible targets included government buildings, an embassy or consulate or media outlet.
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