All About Oil Theft

MEXICO / 23 JUL 2019

Authorities in Mexico have cracked down on the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, touted as the nation’s leading oil theft gang, but this vast criminal economy will not be undone…

MEXICO / 4 JUL 2019

A rise in the number oil thefts this year in Mexico has provided further evidence that this high-profile criminal economy may be too massive for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's to…

MEXICO / 9 MAY 2019

The president of Mexico’s has recently declared victory over the country’s fuel thieves, and while authorities have made some progress, completely bringing oil barons to heel is going to be…

CONTRABAND / 21 FEB 2019

Oil theft in Honduras has been a reliable source of income for gangs for years, but the recovery of 50,000 liters of stolen fuel in the city of Puerto…

JALISCO CARTEL / 15 FEB 2019

The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been behind increasing violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the last year -- amid a bitter clash with the Jalisco…

MEXICO / 14 JAN 2019

A crackdown on oil theft has seen the president of Mexico stop major fuel pipelines, causing severe fuel shortages in parts of the country, but are oil thieves solely to blame…

JALISCO CARTEL / 20 NOV 2018

Mexico’s state-owned oil company has begun training and arming its security staff, a risky decision that could backfire.

COSTA RICA / 10 OCT 2018

The ways in which bands of fuel thieves in Costa Rica are tapping oil pipelines in order to steal and later resell the good are growing increasingly sophisticated, providing further…

JALISCO CARTEL / 4 OCT 2018

Violent battles between rival criminal groups vying for control over Mexico’s lucrative oil theft business left more than 50 people dead over the span of five days, highlighting the deadly…

MEXICO / 23 JAN 2018

Mexico’s state oil company says it experienced record levels of fuel theft in 2017, but the underlying drivers of this issue are unlikely to be addressed in the near…

COLOMBIA / 30 MAY 2017

Colombia's finance minister said Mexico should look to the South American country as an example to follow in the fight against fuel theft, but the statement raises questions about how…

MEXICO / 26 MAY 2017

From corrupt oil workers to public officials to possibly even private companies, fuel theft from the Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex has a lot of partners.

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