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Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:06 am

Mexico strategy against fuel theft includes targeting buyers

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s treasury secretary says the country is embarking on a strategy to combat illegal pipeline thefts that includes going after not only the thieves but those who purchase stolen fuel.

Jose Antonio Meade says the problem costs Mexico somewhere between 15 billion and 20 billion pesos a year, or $780 million to $1.04 billion.

He acknowledges it’s “very likely” that corrupt workers at state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos are involved in facilitating pipeline thefts and says officials are working with Pemex to identify them.

Meade also says officials are looking at gas stations that may be buying and reselling stolen fuel as well as the mass transportation sector.

He spoke Tuesday, a week after clashes between soldiers and alleged pipeline thieves killed 10 people in the central state of Puebla.

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