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Mexican mayor arrested for sale of stolen fuel

Mexican authorities today captured Pablo Morales, mayor of Palmar de Bravo (Puebla), investigated for the alleged sale of stolen fuel at its gas stations, the Attorney General's Office General of the Republic (PGR, prosecution).

The Mexican authorities today captured Pablo Morales, mayor of Palmar de Bravo (Puebla), investigating the alleged sale of stolen fuel at its gas stations, The Attorney General's Office reported.

The institution said in a statement that Morales was detained pursuant to an order issued on June 30 by Its alleged participation "in the crime of operations with resources of illicit origin", in the modality of acquiring, administering, depositing, giving or receiving resources or goods within the Country.

Members of the Secretariat of the Navy carried out the capture of the municipal president, who was placed at the disposal of the Judge of Control attached to the Center for Criminal Justice Federal in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Morales was investigated along with other municipal presidents for illicit activities and complicity with bands dedicated to theft of hydrocarbons In the so-called Red Triangle of the state of Puebla, located in central Mexico.

Puebla ranks first nationally in clandestine shots at Pretoleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) with a total of 3,046 robberies, according to a report released by the company.

To combat this crime, the PGR, the Mexican Army and the Tax Attention Service implemented Recently operating at state gas stations, to detect points where stolen fuel is marketed, a practice known in Mexico as huachicol.

As a result of these operations, four gas stations owned by Morales, located in Amozoc, Tecamachalco and Palmar de Bravo, were closed, as irregularities were detected in the invoices submitted And what he acquired from Pemex.

This year José Isaías Morales is the second municipal president arrested in Mexico for alleged links with bands dedicated to theft of hydrocarbons. Velazquez, mayor of the town of Atzizintla, was arrested for allegedly providing protection with his police to the band commanded by "El Bukanas", dedicated among other crimes to Theft of fuel.

Theft of hydrocarbons is a common criminal activity in many areas of Mexican territory where fuel transportation takes place.

Pemex estimated that it had lost 414,000 barrels of hydrocarbons per robbery, although it celebrated a reduction in illegal abduction.

According to the Secretary of the Treasury, José Antonio Meade, These thefts generate losses of between 780 million dollars and 1 billion dollars annually.

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