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Mexico Fuel Theft Worth $1 Bn in 2014

Mexico Fuel Theft Worth $1 Bn in 2014

The theft of fuel from Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex has risen by around 33 percent this year, turning into a billion-dollar source of income for organized crime -- a trade facilitated by corrupt employees.  Read More

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Mexico is home to the hemisphere’s largest, most sophisticated and violent organized criminal gangs. These organizations have drawn from Mexico’s long history of smuggling and its close proximity to the United States, the world’s largest economy, to grow into a regional threat. Their networks stretch from Argentina into Canada and Europe. They traffic in illegal drugs, contraband, arms and humans, and launder their proceeds through regional moneychangers, banks and local economic projects. Their armament, training and tactics have become increasingly sophisticated as the Mexican government has ramped up efforts to combat them, and they have faced increased competition within Mexico. They have penetrated the police and border patrols on nearly every level, in some cases starting with recruits for these units. They play political and social roles in some areas, operating as the de facto security forces.

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  • Mexico Fuel Theft Worth $1 Bn in 2014

    Pemex has lost over $1 billion from fuel theft in 2014

    The theft of fuel from Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex has risen by around 33 percent this year, turning into a billion-dollar source of income for organized crime -- a trade facilitated by corrupt employees. 

  • Mexico Soldiers Arrested for Involvement in Killings of 22 People

    Eight military personnel have been arrested in Mexico for their involvement in a June incident that left 22 civilians dead, fueling suspicions that the supposed confrontation with alleged criminals may have actually been a massacre. Was it excessive force or an execution?

  • Mexico Withholds DNA Info on 'Slain' Zetas Leader's Body

    The alleged body of Heriberto Lazcano

    Mexico's Attorney General's Office has refused to release DNA testing results that would confirm the identity of slain Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z3," who was allegedly killed in a shootout with marines in 2012.

  • Mexico Senators Propose Amnesty for Self-Defense Forces

    Senators in Mexico have proposed an initiative to create a law granting amnesty to imprisoned vigilantes including vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles, but the conditions for amnesty suggest the proposal is politically motivated.

  • Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

    Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group should employ, demonstrating the sometimes nefarious connection between journalists and the criminal subjects they cover. 

  • Will 'El Chapo' Testify Against the Sinaloa Cartel?

    Judicial authorities in Mexico have reported that imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will serve as a witness in the case against a fellow ex-cartel operator, a development likely to spook other Sinaloa leaders.

  • Mexico Killings Indicate Cartel Split for Chapo Isidro

    A series of killings of top members of the Sinaloa-based Guasave Cartel suggests that one of Mexico’s most important emerging groups may be mired in a period of internal strife.

  • Survivor Blames Mexico Army in Killings of 22 People

    A survivor of a gun battle that left 22 civilians dead earlier this year stated that the Mexican military killed those involved in the confrontation after they had surrendered, reigniting questions over the army's use of force and the militarization of the drug war.  

  • Mexico Counts Over 40 Gangs Working with Drug Cartels

    According to Mexico's Attorney General's Office, there are nine major criminal cartels working with some 43 gangs in the country, further indication of just how much Mexican organized crime has fractured, as well as the degree to which the cartels are leaning on smaller gangs to act as muscle. 

  • Co-Founder of Mexico's Zetas Leaves Prison

    One of the founders of Mexico's Zetas cartel has been released from prison, raising the possibility that he could reassume control of the criminal organization, which has suffered a significant loss of leadership in recent years.