Corruption, Oil Theft an Explosive Cocktail for Mexico State

3/14/2017 InSight Crime

corruptionMexican authorities arrested local officials who they accused of aiding a criminal group’s assassination of state investigators in the “Red Triangle,” an area of the Puebla state that has become a battleground for control of the lucrative oil theft business.

Authorities discovered the bodies of three investigators from the anti-kidnapping unit of the Puebla state prosecutor’s office on March 9, reported Animal Político. The officials working on a kidnapping case were attacked in the Atzitzintla municipality, Puebla, and their corpses were dumped in the neighboring state of Veracruz.

The incident sparked a massive operation, as the government dispatched 500 security personnel, which led to a string of arrests, including that of Atzitzintla’s mayor and five municipal police officers. Authorities believe that the officials arrested the three state investigators before delivering them to a Zetas-linked criminal group called “Los Bucanans,” which executed the victims, according to Central de Puebla.

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