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Mexican National Guard Linked to Robbery, Extortion

By MARK LORENZANA Acts of extortion, robbery, abuse of authority and even links to organized crime have allegedly been identified within the ranks of the Mexican National Guard (GN). According to a report from the Internal Affairs Unit (UAI) of the GN, which was obtained by Mexican daily newspaper Reforma, from the beginning of 2019 until April 2022, 8,656 anonymous

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Maccise Montes Urales Building Is Hotbed of Dirty Dealings

OPINION By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS It isn’t hard to find dirt on Mexico’s Maccise family, a devious mafia of media power and political imposition based out of Toluca, in the State of Mexico (EdoMéx), that has used its money and political clout to influence elections, silence reporters and bulldoze legislation for its own agenda for more than three decades. The family’s

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Hidalgo Huachicoleros Build Tunnels to Siphon Gas Pipelines

By KELIN DILLON In the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, gangs of huachicoleros – gas thieves and resellers – have taken their operations to another level of stealth, building secret underground tunnels to tap into and siphon gas from the area’s network of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) pipelines without detection. According to soldiers stationed in the region, the huachicoleros are able

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CFE Loses 50 Billion Pesos Yearly from Electricity Theft

By KELIN DILLON Mexico’s state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reportedly loses some 50 billion pesos per year in electricity profits due to thievery in the form of meter manipulation and illicit hanging cables. The Secretariat of Energy (Sener) has made note of some 5.77 million meters across the country that need updating within the next five years to bring them

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Pemex on Track to Break Stolen Gas Record

By KELIN DILLON Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico’s government-owned petroleum company, is reportedly on track to have a record-breaking amount of stolen gas in the year 2021, thanks to Mexico’s “huachicoleros,” meaning gas thieves. Since the official record of gas thefts in the country in 2011, the huachicoleros reportedly upped their efforts 3,108 percent between 2019 and May of 2021. Pemex’s

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