Mexico’s Drug Cartels, Now Hooked on Fuel, Cripple Nation’s Refineries

“Fuel theft is fast becoming one of Mexico’s most pressing economic and security dilemmas, sapping more than $1 billion in annual revenue from state coffers, terrorizing workers and deterring private investment in aging refineries that the government, following a 2014 energy reform, hoped instead would be thriving with foreign capital. Because of government offensives that toppled narco kingpins in recent years, Mexico’s drug cartels have splintered and are eager for new sources of revenue. Now, their increasingly dominant role as fuel thieves pits two of the country’s biggest industries – narcotics and oil – against one another.”

Source: Special Report: Mexico’s Drug Cartels, Now Hooked on Fuel, Cripple Nation’s Refineries | Top News | US News

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