The huachicoleros seem to challenge the federal government, while Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has recognized that it is increasingly difficult to reduce fuel theft, because “there are many pipelines and they bite us in more complicated places.”
Although government authorities, including the director of the oil company, Octavio Romero, reject milking in pipelines to extract mainly gasoline, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LP), the huachicoleros have dedicated themselves to increasing the incidence of this crime.
During the last three months, organized crime dedicated to the theft of fuel increased the number of illegal drilling by 55.7%, from 708 in July to 1,010 last September. According to Pemex’s Security and Monitoring Strategy and Systems Management, September became the month with the highest number of illegal acts in the oil company’s pipelines during 2020.
In this way, in the first nine months of the year the number of clandestine taps amounts to 7,842, which means that crime does not lower its guard and carried out an average of 28.6 perforations per day in that period.
The numbers are more worrying in terms of clandestine LP gas intakes, since in 2019 they were 1,305 and in the first nine months of this year they totaled 1,501.