Mexico’s new leader to target costly fuel theft
MEXICO CITY — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the country loses $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion annually to fuel thieves who drill illegal taps into government pipelines.
The illicit fueltheft industry involves not just drilling taps but also bribing or threatening oil company employees, stealing tank trucks to carry the fuel, and turf battles between rival gangs. That rivalry has caused a surge in the number of homicides in states like Guanajuato, where fuel theft is rampant.
López Obrador promised to enact legislation with stiffer punishments for the crime.