How Mexico Stopped the Fuel Pilfering Frenzy

Mexico's got it all – extraditions, corrupt judges, drug busts, and humanitarian aid. Crime rates drop, but transportation robberies spike. Hydrocarbon theft plummets. Judicial reforms are on the horizon. López Obrador takes a stand on peace. All in a day's news!

How Mexico Stopped the Fuel Pilfering Frenzy
Mexico's huachicol (fuel theft) heist hits the skids. Credit: José Díaz

Welcome to the latest edition of AMLO's morning conference where we delve into the juiciest stories making headlines today. And trust us, we've got a real potpourri of topics to dissect, from extraditions to corrupt judges and daring drug busts. So, grab your coffee, sit back, and let's dive in!

Extraditions and High-Profile Arrests

From the sunny corridors of Mexico to courts worldwide, the extradition game is on fire. Between October 3 and 16, nine individuals were sent packing to face the music in various global jurisdictions. These weren't your average tourists, mind you. These folks had some serious allegations hanging over their heads. In addition, Armando “N” got a not-so-warm invitation to the local detention center. He's allegedly involved in an attack against journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva. Oh boy, that's one way to get on the news.

Gustavo Iván “N,” a member of the notorious “La Línea” gang, is linked to the tragic LeBaron, Langford, and Miller family attacks from back in 2019. Now, let's see how the justice system handles that fiery hot potato. And if that's not enough, three more gents, Raúl “N,” Adrián “N,” and Miguel Ángel “N,” found themselves in the spotlight, charged with allegedly making the mayor of Cotija, Michoacán disappear.

Judges Favoring Criminals

It appears that the judges of the First Collegiate Tribunal in Criminal Matters of the Second Circuit have found themselves in hot water. Rumor has it they rolled out the red carpet for a fellow named Mario “N” to dodge justice. Well, someone's been binge-watching too many crime dramas, it seems.

Then, there's Judge Gerardo Genaro Alarcón López, who allegedly made a rather questionable call. He decided to pass on slapping the cuffs on Genaro “N” for the crime of illicit enrichment. Must've been a tough morning for justice.

Joint Security Report

The National Guard, Army, Mexican Air Force, and the Navy joined forces in style during the period of October 3 to 16. They deployed 14 missions across the country, playing hide and seek with criminals. With 293 troops and 18 canine partners, they hunted down missing people and transported 700 individuals in cuffs. Talk about a full house.

The official scorecard reveals 13.9 kilograms of cocaine seized, 123.3 hectares of marijuana uprooted, and a jaw-dropping 24,400.5 kilograms of methamphetamine confiscated. And, hold on to your seats, they even busted 70 clandestine labs, putting the brakes on a colossal 169.3 tons of meth production. The price tag on that? A cool 44,679 million pesos! Crime never pays.

Humanitarian Aid

Flying in from the Holy Land, humanitarian aid descended upon Mexico like a dove. In two separate airlifts, 720 people were either repatriated or evacuated. Now, that's what we call a grand gesture.

Crime Incidence

Rosa Icela Rodríguez, the Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection, waltzed into the room with some thrilling stats. Federal crimes like human smuggling, fiscal crimes, financial crimes, and organized crime have all taken a nosedive. They're down anywhere from 17.9% to a whopping 39.1%. But, wait for it, transportation robbery decided to be the party pooper, spiking up by 9.5%. Maybe it's time to invest in a good bicycle lock.

And here's the best part. Peace tables in 50 priority municipalities are doing their job, helping nearly 37,000 people and 22,000 homes in 307 neighborhoods that are basically the punching bags of violence. A win for peace, and maybe a win for real estate values too.

Huachicol Hiccup

You know, you can't fool the good guys forever. Hydrocarbon theft took a nosedive, decreasing by an impressive 94.2%. We're talking big savings – 291,761 million 656,548 pesos. These ill-gotten gains are now being put to use in welfare programs and public works. Who knew that stopping pipeline pilfering could have such a positive impact?

Mexico has taken several steps to stop the spike in huachicol theft, including:

  • Deploying the Mexican Army: The Mexican Army has been deployed to areas with high rates of huachicol theft to help crack down on the practice. In 2019, the army began deploying troops to guard pipelines and other infrastructure. The army has also been involved in raids on huachicol refineries and storage facilities.
  • Cracking down on organized crime: Huachicol theft is often carried out by organized crime groups, so the Mexican government has also been cracking down on these groups. In 2019, the government launched a new operation called “Operación Huachicol” to target organized crime groups involved in huachicol theft. The operation has resulted in the arrest of hundreds of people and the seizure of millions of dollars in assets.
  • Reforming the energy sector: The Mexican government has also been reforming the energy sector to make it more difficult to steal petroleum products. For example, the government has required gasoline stations to install security measures to prevent theft. The government has also made it more difficult to obtain permits to transport petroleum products.

These measures have had some success in reducing huachicol theft. In 2018, there were an estimated 87,000 illegal taps on pipelines in Mexico. By 2020, this number had fallen to around 4,000. However, huachicol theft remains a problem in Mexico, and the government continues to work to crack down on it.

In addition to the above measures, the Mexican government has also launched a public awareness campaign to educate people about the dangers of huachicol theft and its impact on the economy. The campaign has been effective in raising awareness of the issue and reducing the number of people who are willing to buy stolen petroleum products.

The Mexican government's efforts to stop huachicol theft have been successful to some extent, but the issue remains a challenge. The government is committed to continuing its efforts to crack down on huachicol theft and make it more difficult for organized crime groups to profit from this illegal activity.

Electoral Propaganda

President López Obrador isn't a fan of in-your-face campaign ads. He thinks it's like trying to sell a dodgy product. So, less is more, dear politicians. Plus, he's not shy about calling out officials who only pull their socks up when election season comes around. Ouch!

Veracruz Vibes

Veracruz is lucky. According to President López Obrador, they've got themselves a good governor. He's compared Cuitláhuac García to some previous gubernatorial stars, or maybe that should be 'starlets,' who had more properties than a Monopoly board. But there's some heat coming from all sides against García, with claims of high homicide rates. The drama continues.

Judicial Power Shake-Up

The judicial system is in for a shake-up, and it's not the workers who'll be feeling the pinch. No, no, it's the higher-ups. They're going to see their salaries and privileges trimmed. The President is all about making sure the top brass get a little less so that the bottom tier can get a bit more. It's a wealth redistribution party, and everyone's invited.

Reform to the Judicial Power

President López Obrador isn't pulling any punches when it comes to reforming the judicial system. He's all for letting citizens elect their judges, and he's not mincing words. It's not about revenge; it's about justice and putting an end to decades of corruption.

Corruption, the Root of All Evil

The President's message is clear: corruption breeds violence. It's like throwing money down a black hole. And who pays the price? You, me, and everyone else. López Obrador is all about banishing corruption once and for all.

Helmets and Headaches

Someone's been sleeping on the job. A company that was supposed to provide helmets for the Armed Forces messed up big time. They were late with their delivery, and contracts got canceled. But fear not, the helmets are here now, and they've got one job – protecting brains. Phew!


President López Obrador is looking into using the railways for passenger transportation. Yes, you heard that right. It's all about a deep rehab, though, so don't expect a cozy ride just yet. Fingers crossed for a choo-choo revival.

Israel-Hamas Conflict

Mexico wants peace, and President López Obrador is all about dialogue. He's proposing an urgent UN meeting to put an end to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Because, you know, eventually, it's all about saving lives.

That's a wrap for today. From high-stakes extraditions to hard-hitting drug busts and calls for peace, Mexico is all action and controversy. Until next time, stay curious and stay informed.