Mexico Arrests 21 Crew Members, Seizes Ship For Stoten Fuel

Mexican authorities informed on Sunday that they have arrested a crew of 21 members, seized their ship, and shut down a warehouse that in all likelihood used to store stolen fuel along the Gulf of Mexico.

It is said that they found a total of 16 storage tanks for fuel in the warehouse, along with five trucks. There were also two other trucks that were supplying the ship with stolen fuel whose origin remains a mystery.

The navy statement said that the ship was anchored in the port of Coatzacoalcos in neighboring Veracruz state and the warehouse was located along a coastal highway in the state of Tabasco.

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Representation Image – Photograph by Keegan Welken

Authorities say that they found 10 million liters (2.6 million gallons) of illegally transported or presumably stolen fuel and 3,780 illegal taps between September 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador- The President of Mexico and his government has been crusading against the unbridled fuel thefts, often from surreptitious taps into pipelines, it is said to have looted public finances.


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