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Death of King of Gasoline Marks End of Era for Mexican Oil Thieves

For over twenty years, Francisco Guízar Pavón consolidated an empire in central Mexico built on stolen fuel to become the “King of Gasoline” but his murder...
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Gulf of Mexico Oil Industry Reeling From Hundreds of Pirate Attacks in 2019

The seizure of an Italian oil supply vessel by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico in November, in which two crew were injured, was but the latest in a series of hundreds...
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Costa Rica Oil Theft Reaches Record High in 2019

Oil theft cases in Costa have hit record levels in 2019 and increased nearly six fold in the past three years -- evidence that the fuel theft racket has grown...
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Mexico’s Oil Thieves Have Moved Into Extortion in Guanajuato

While the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has faced the brunt of the Mexican government’s war against oil theft, it has used its clout in the state of Guanajuato to...
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Smuggled Ecuador Gas Fuels Colombia Cocaine Production

A massive flow of smuggled fuel from Ecuador into Colombia is benefiting drug traffickers who use it to produce cocaine and to gas up boats moving...
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Gas Theft – Mexico’s Latest Criminal Conundrum

With Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador touting his successes against oil theft, criminal groups have taken advantage of a similar opportunity: gas...
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Gasoline Becomes Latest Black Market Commodity in Cuba

Despite a crackdown by the authorities, fuel theft continues in Cuba as the island faces shortages aggravated by sanctions on its principal supplier,...
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Cartel Takedown Won’t Solve Mexico’s Oil Theft Problem

Authorities in Mexico have cracked down on the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, touted as the nation’s leading oil theft gang, but this vast criminal economy will not...
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Stopping Oil Theft in Mexico Futile Game of Whac-a-Mole

A rise in the number oil thefts this year in Mexico has provided further evidence that this high-profile criminal economy may be too massive for President Andrés...
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Early Gains Cloud Need for Long-Term Approach for Mexico’s Oil Thieves

The president of Mexico’s has recently declared victory over the country’s fuel thieves, and while authorities have made some progress, completely bringing oil...
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Honduras Oil Theft Sees Renewed Attention for Old Crime

Oil theft in Honduras has been a reliable source of income for gangs for years, but the recovery of 50,000 liters of stolen fuel in the city of Puerto Cortés may...
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Mexico’s Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel Risks Burning Too Bright, Too Fast

The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been behind increasing violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the last year -- amid a bitter clash with the...