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US ties Mexican oil service co. to Zeta drugrunners

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US ties Mexican oil service co. to Zeta drugrunners

Mensaje por Hitman el 13/9/2012, 12:35 pm

Se acuerdan de los Fledermäuse?

"Narcos buy or trade drugs for stolen oil field equipment used to cap PEMEX pipelines, subsequently, trucking the PEMEX stolen oil back into the U.S. and selling it to American oil brokers....Chivis"

Y la Hilary no opina ni madres....


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US ties Mexican oil service co. to Zeta drugrunners


The United States placed restrictive sanctions on a Mexican oil services subcontractor Wednesday, labelling it an arm of the ultra-violent Los Zetas drug trafficking group.
The US Treasury said Veracruz-based ADT Petroservicios, a longtime subcontractor to state oil company Pemex, was a money-laundering avenue of Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels.
The company is controlled by Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, who was placed under arrest in the US state of Texas in June after being indicted for laundering Zetas drug money via a US-based horse-racing syndicate.
"By exposing this business of Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, which is tied to the violent Los Zetas group, we are depriving their organization of an avenue to launder their illicit proceeds," said Adam Szubin, director of the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
"We will continue to target individuals and businesses linked to Los Zetas wherever they attempt to conceal their illegal activities."
The sanctions forbid Americans and American companies from doing any business with ADT.
According to Mexican media, ADT has earned tens of millions of dollars in subcontracts from state oil giant Pemex in the past decade.


http://news.yahoo.com/us-ties-mexican-oil-co-zeta-drugrunners-153231319.html


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Stolen Oil: A Gusher of Cash for Mexican Drug Cartels

In the early hours of a frosty February morning, a resident in the Central Mexican town of Amozoc heard suspicious noises in the field near his house. He called for help. When the state agents arrived, they found a truck trying to leave the area - with a whopping 5,000 gallons of crude oil in the back. The three men on board had drilled a hole into a major oil pipeline that runs through the town and sucked the fuel into their truck through a hose. Worst of all, the alleged culprits were town policemen.

Such oil theft has become increasingly common in Mexico amid a breakdown in law-and-order in certain states. Last year, the government oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos or Pemex detected 712 such pipeline taps - a fivefold increase compared to the 136 spotted in 2005. It represents a significant loss of government income at a time when revolution in the Middle East has pushed crude oil prices to nearly $100 a barrel. (The Amozoc haul would be the equivalent of about 120 barrels or roughly $12,000.) Adding to the alarm, detectives working on several cases have traced the thefts to drug cartels, such as the Zetas, an indication that the country's overlords of crime have branched out into yet another line of business.
As with the narcotics business, the clandestine nature of Mexico's illegal oil market makes it impossible to know exactly how much it is worth. Pemex is one of the world's leading oil companies with revenues of $104 billion in 2010. That alone provides some 40% of Mexico's federal budget. Company officials insist they are losing less than 1% of their black gold to the bandits. However, energy analyst David Shields believes that figure is an underestimate; he calculates that the fuel black market is now worth $2 billion to $4 billion annually. "The government is so involved in other matters such as assassinations and whole towns being controlled by drug cartels, that the illicit fuel market doesn't seem such a big deal," Shields says. "So the government has failed to see that it has to act more strenuously on this."

Oil thieves sometimes hawk stolen gasoline on the side of highways. But other times it is actually sold by middlemen to Pemex franchise gas stations - and ends up in the cars of unknowing consumers. Meanwhile, stolen crude is sold off to brick makers who use the fuel to fire their ovens; or it is smuggled across the border and peddled to oil tycoons in the United States. Following a bi-national probe, U.S. police charged five Houston-based oil brokers with receiving stolen Mexican fuel (in this case, petroleum condesate), including the president of Continental Fuels who was given probation by a Houston federal court in January.

As the fuel is stolen it can be sold for less than half the market price at a time of record highs. But once in the system, it impossible to know stolen from legitimate fuel and it can pass into the refineries and tankers of legitimate companies, traveling across Mexico, the United States and beyond. With oil in such high demand, even relatively small amounts can quickly turn gangsters into millionaires.

Pemex officials argue they are getting better at detecting the illegal taps, but concede it is a tough to stop the robbers. "We have the technology to detect any change of pressure in the pipelines. But as you see, they are very sophisticated gangs who know our operations," Pemex Director Juan Jose Suarez told a recent news conference. The problem is aggravated by the fact that some of the Mexican states with the most oil are the scenes of its worst drug violence, such as Tamaulipas on the border with Texas. Among recent bloodshed there: the assassination of the leading gubernatorial candidate last June; an entire village fleeing gangsters in December; and the killing of 18 people in a single gunfight on March 7. Stolen oil ends up low on the list of crimes for police to deal with.

When detectives did finally launch a major probe in Tamaulipas, they found that a cell of the deadly Zetas gang was organizing oil robbery and transporting the crude into Texas. Mexican authorities in February froze 16 million pesos ($1.3 million) in bank accounts that they alleged came from this racket However, they say that money was only a spit in the ocean of some 508 million pesos ($42 million) that they estimate the Zeta cell made selling oil in two years. Black gold rivals the profits in drugs.

On a positive note, the authorities claim that oil theft shows that the good guys are winning the drug war and forcing gangsters to look for other income. The criminals, "have moved into so many crimes because of pressure," White House Drug Tsar Gil Kerilowskie told Mexican correspondents in January. "They are spending more time robbing Pemex or stealing cars or kidnapping or extorting." Critics, however, retort that the diversification of Mexico's criminal cartels show they are getting stronger and eating into more and more spheres of national life.

The crime has other hazards. Pemex officials say attempted theft may have caused an oil leak that triggered an explosion in the town of San Martin Texmelucan in December. The blast sent flames - as high as 30 yards and at temperatures of as much as 1,000 degrees centigrade - down the streets, incinerating dozens of homes and killing 30 people. Resident Oscar Quiroz woke up that morning to the roar of flames and screams. After rescuing his family, he pulled neighbors from burning houses. "This was where my neighbor and her two children lived," Quiroz says, pointing to a charred patch of ground. "All that was left of them was ashes. This is something that nobody should have to go through."

http://www.ioangrillo.com/mexico/narco4.php


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KRGV - Investigators say Mexican cartels are stealing millions of dollars in equipment from oil companies along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Officials said the equipment is behind used to steal fuel from Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex.
"The cartels (are) buying, or trading narcotics for stolen oil field equipment so they could put taps on Pemex's pipelines," said Midland County Chief Sheriff Deputy Ed Krevit.
Many of the thefts are happening at oil fields in the Permian Basin.
"There's more oil field theft in this area than any place I've ever worked," said Dustin Brown, with Savanna Drilling.
Krevit estimates that Pemex may be losing up to $350 million a year from illegal taps on their pipelines.
He said cartels often truck the oil back to the U.S. where they sell it to oil brokers.
"Some of the cartels have been shouldered out of their traditional smuggling paths, so they've had to turn to other ways of generating revenue," Krevit said.
The cartels use the money to buy weapons and ammunition, he said.
"If they are doing it in West Texas, they're doing it in South Texas," said Phil Jordan, former DEA supervisor.
Jordan said there is intelligence that cartels are stealing equipment in South Texas.
More than a dozen companies drilled more than 3,000 wells in South Texas last year.

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/07/narcos-stealing-millions-in-texas-oil.html




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Treasury Slaps Kingpin Act Sanctions on Zetas-Linked Oil Services Company

The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday it placed Kingpin Act sanctions on an oil-services company owned by a man it says is a drug trafficker.

ADT Petroservicios, S.A. De C.V., which is based in Veracruz, Mexico, is owned by Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, Treasury said. He was designated in June under the Kingpin Act for his links to Los Zetas. Treasury said Wednesday he is currently in U.S. custody.

“By exposing this business of Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, which is tied to the violent Los Zetas group, we are depriving their organization of an avenue to launder their illicit proceeds,” said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a statement.

Along with 13 others, Colorado Cessa was charged in Texas federal court with money laundering on behalf of the drug network. The conspiracy, according to prosecutors, involved laundering Zetas money through the purchase, training, breeding and racing of American quarter horses in the U.S.

Colorado Cessa was accused in the indictment of acting as a straw buyer for the horses.

The Zetas were designated under the Kingpin Act as a narcotics trafficker by the president in 2009. The group is notorious for its violence; OFAC has designated several of its top leaders and dozens of its lieutenants.

http://blogs.wsj.com/corruption-currents/2012/08/29/treasury-slaps-kingpin-act-sanctions-on-zetas-linked-oil-services-company/


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