Dead Bodies Start Piling Up as Fuel Theft Booms in Mexico

26 Jul 2017   Mexico

Buying stolen gasoline in the central Mexican state of Puebla is easy. Pull off the main highway into a busy parking lot, and the black marketeers are waiting in pickup trucks loaded with jerrycans. They’ll siphon the fuel into your tank—boasting as they do that unlike a lot of the country’s regular gas stations, they don’t cheat customers. An error has occurred You have 1 free Businessweek article left. Register for more. Register or Sign In Already a subscriber? Link your Bloomberg Terminal account or your Businessweek subscription account to access all articles. While this illegal curbside commerce has been going on for decades, it has exploded in the past few years and now costs Pemex , Mexico’s state oil company, more than 20 billion pesos ($1.1 billion) a year. The huachicoleros , as the fuel thieves are known in Mexico, dig up pipelines and hijack tanker trucks. These […]

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