Mexican Army seizes 5.3 thousand gallons of stolen fuel

Elements of the Mexican Army and Navy secured several containers with stolen fuel in Oaxaca
Mexican Army seizes 5.3 thousand gallons of stolen fuel
Four metal containers with a capacity of 264 gallons each were found on site - Photo: Jorge Luis Plata/REUTERS
11/10/2018
16:18
Ismael García / Corresponsal
Mexico City
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Elements of the Mexican Army and Navy (SEMAR), as well as State Police (PE) secured 5.3 thousand gallons of presumably stolen fuel in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region.

Oaxaca’s Ministry of Public Security (SSPO) informed that 832 gallons of illegally-sourced hydrocarbon had been found next to an abandoned tank truck in the La Hacienda neighborhood, located near the state-owned company PEMEX’s Ing. Antonio Dovalí Jaime refinery.

Four metal containers with a capacity of 264 gallons each were found on site. Two of them were full of fuel, another was half full, and the last one was empty. 14 drums with a 13 gallon capacity were also found. Authorities also secured a tank truck with the logo of FAMSA and license plate number KZ-79968, from the State of Mexico.

Also on Saturday, a total of 10 motor vehicles were seized on a dirt road leading to the Paso Guayabo village in the Barrio de la Soledad municipality, carrying around 4,360 gallons of hydrocarbon. One of the vehicles had recently been reported as stolen. The seized fuel was transferred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

According to José Raymundo Tuñón Jáuregui, head of SSPO, the confiscation of stolen fuel is a common occurrence in the Isthmus region since it is an important passage point from Salina Cruz to Coatzacoalcos, in the state of Veracruz.
 

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