All About Oil Theft

COLOMBIA / 30 MAR 2012

According to a top Colombia energy official, as much as 10 million gallons of illegal gasoline is smuggled every month into the country's northeastern Cesar department from Venezuela by "terrorists…

MEXICO / 20 MAR 2012

Theft from Mexico's state oil company Pemex appears to have shifted from a small-scale criminal nuisance into big business, with actors such as the Zetas and Sinaloa Cartel…

MEXICO / 24 AUG 2011

Mexico's state oil company Pemex counted 32 illegal taps on their liquefied gas pipelines so far this year, equivalent to 64,000 barrels.

MEXICO / 17 JUN 2011

With losses from oil theft growing rapidly, the director of Mexico’s state oil company has called for a new strategy to protect the company's crude.

COLOMBIA / 10 MAY 2011

Oil and gas theft in Latin America is a low-risk, high-profit enterprise for gangs looking to diversify their criminal portfolios. But as organized crime increasingly intersects with the energy trade,…

EXTORTION / 23 MAR 2011

Drug trafficking is the single most lucrative activity for criminal groups in Mexico, but while the supply chain and production methods associated with it are fairly well known, the micro-economic…

EXTORTION / 7 MAR 2011

Two attacks by suspected organized criminal gangs on state oil workers in Mexico in recent days have left two dead and one kidnapped. The attacks, which occurred in two different…

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