Flash Reports

Mexican Army Cracks Down on Huachicoleros and Criminal

July 30, 2020

Elements of the Mexican Army (SEDENA) conducted a multi state operations to counter criminals and the rampant fuel theft. This operation falls under the National Plan for Peace and Security 2018-2024 but specifically targeted the states of Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, and Tamaulipas.

The operation yielded 40 arrests as well as freeing two kidnapping victims. Authorities also seized over 862 kilograms of marijuana, 6503 kilograms of methamphetamine, 50 long rifles 6 short barreled rifles, 12944 rds of varying ammunition, 357 magazines for various weapons, 4 grenades, one spell grenade, one grenade launcher, and two IEDs. 47 vehicles were seized, seven of which had custom armor, a pipe that can be used for 44 liters of petrol, two tractor trailers, four tank trailers, 64,700 liters of of petrol, 71 containers of varying capacities, two large tanks, 12 pieces of pipeline heavy equipment, 10 pieces of communication equipment, and $375,105.00 USD.

The main effort was concentrated near Ciudad Madero-Cadereyta and Cadereyta-Satélite pipelines in Santa Catarina, 17 clandestine intakes were located, which were sealed by personnel from Petróleos Mexicanos, highlighting that the detainees and the insured were made available to the corresponding authorities.

There was a pipeline incident in the State of Tabasco which caused a sizable fire in Cardenas. The incident was likely caused by Huachicoleros trying to hot tap the pipeline but inadvertently caused a fire that took several hours to control.