Pemex Fuel stolen and sold in the United States; Fuel trafficking feeds narco funding
The transfer of diesel and gasoline provides profits to the cartels more than 500 million pesos a month: PGR
Investigations by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) show that organized crime groups and law firms create ghost companies to sell diesel fuel and gasoline to U.S. employers, in Central and South America, with revenues reaching over 500 million pesos a month.
According to the investigation PGR / SIEDO / UEIDCS / 539/2011, Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga The Z16 or The Lucky , a member of Los Zetas arrested in December 2011, admitted that the oil is obtained from underground pipeline footage Mexican Petroleum (Pemex) or through the theft of pipes.
The detainee told federal authorities that the transfer of diesel and gasoline is by sea or land to the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica to Colombia.
The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) places Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Sinaloa as entities where more fuel theft occurs.
Narcos milked Pemex and then come into Central America
PGR identified 21 ghost companies of Los Zetas and the Templars.
Trafficking in stolen oil has become a major source of financing of criminal organizations who not only their own businesses to appear legality in their operations, but they sell the product stolen from U.S. businessmen and Central America reveal investigations of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).
Trafficking in stolen fuel, through the siphoning of diesel or gasoline through the pipelines of Petroleos Mexicanos, or theft of pipes, is one of the main sources of funding criminal organizations Los Zetas and the Knights Templars , who have created shell companies, and some established for presumed income may exceed 500 million pesos a month.
The fuel purchase is carried out by sea and land routes, as detailed in the investigation PGR/SIEDO/UEIDCS/539/2011.
That provides that a member of Los Zetas, Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, the Z16 or the Lucky, after his arrest in December 2011, specified the forms of operation of the organization to commit the crime.
The ongoing theft of fuel is not only for resources, but to fill their vehicles.
According to preliminary investigations into the abduction of fuel and its commercialization, the PGR has identified at least 21 companies “ghost” who traded with the hydrocarbon.
Regarding the theft of pipes or trucks with diesel or gasoline, the federal agency has received the complaint of 623 vehicles.
Through its investigations, the Attorney General is satisfied that the stolen fuel was smuggled by criminal organizations in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, even Colombia.
Among the evidence with which the federal agency has found the seizures and operations made by the Secretary of the Navy during the operation at sea.
Such is the case of securing a vessel on July 11 in waters near Isla del Carmen, Mexico when the Navy seized the vessel, with 291,000 liters of diesel, traveling to Honduras.
Then, the federal agency said that “were found 291 000 971 liters of diesel fuel, excess amount that did not appear seated in the Journal of Navigation, stating receiving oil from other offshore vessels.”
In addition, in January this year made available Semar PGR 20 people including 11 Hondurans on a boat called Caribbean Clipper diesel moved without the lawful possession could prove fuel.
In total, the Navy of Mexico in January this year, said offshore of 648,000 liters of diesel, so they were sent to the Third District court 20 people arrested in Tabasco.
Regarding the organization Knights Templar, the PGR investigate complaints of entrepreneurs who are charged as extortion share the continued delivery of diesel and gasoline.
Only in 2011, the Secretary of Defense found 287 thousand clandestine outlets, located in Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Sinaloa states with higher incidence in this crime.
The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has initiated more than two thousand preliminary investigations and recorded 325 people arrested in five years for the crime of theft of oil in the pipelines of Petroleos Mexicanos.
Pemex said it determined that from these inquiries it was identified that more than five thousand “milking points” were located throughout the country. In many cases, the subtraction is carried out with rudimentary accessory.
Meanwhile, Pemex said the theft of fuel from underground outlets up to November 2011 had increased by 52 percent more than last year, showing a financial loss of around six billion pesos.
The Attorney General’s Office said in response that the accurate information from 2007 to 2011, began two thousand 193 preliminary investigations, a growth of more than one thousand percent in 2007 to register for that year only 161 inquiries in contrast to 2011 to be 1163 preliminary investigations began.