All About Oil Theft

MEXICO / 16 NOV 2012

The latest death of a reporter in Mexico, who was gunned down in broad daylight in the state of Puebla this week, highlights the incredible risks faced by journalists…

MEXICO / 31 AUG 2012

Criminal syndicates in Mexico stole more than 1.8 million barrels of oil from national oil company Pemex in the first six months of 2012, an increase of 18 percent compared…

CONTRABAND / 19 JUL 2012

A new government strategy to counter gas smuggling in the Venezuelan border state of Zulia has created a fierce backlash among locals and furthermore looks unlikely to be able to…

MEXICO / 19 JUL 2012

According to Mexico's national association of gas businesses, criminal groups reportedly force gasoline vendors to buy stolen fuel, calling attention to the increased availability of stolen gas in Mexico service…

HONDURAS / 19 JUL 2012

Mexico's navy reportedly said it had seized some 80,000 gallons of diesel fuel, bound for Honduras, belonging to the Zetas, a sign that the group are expanding both their sources…

MEXICO / 30 MAY 2012

Mexico's military discovered over 1.5 million liters of stolen oil in Veracruz state, a region dominated by the Zetas, pointing to the growing importance of oil theft to the country's…

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…

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