The Drug Cartels Have Their Own (Stolen) Oil Company

I thought I'd heard it all, but the latest news from Mexico is so ridiculously over-the-top, I was genuinely shocked:

MEXICO CITY – U.S. refineries bought millions of dollars worth of oil stolen from Mexican government pipelines and smuggled across the border, the U.S. Justice Department told The Associated Press — illegal operations now led by Mexican drug cartels expanding their reach.

Criminals — mostly drug gangs — tap remote pipelines, sometimes building pipelines of their own, to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil each year, the Mexican oil monopoly said. At least one U.S. oil executive has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in such a deal. [AP]


What the hell is going on here!? It's been clear for a while now that these people should never be underestimated, but this seriously sounds more like the plot of a James Bond movie than something that could be pulled off in real life. Once again, the situation in Mexico has managed to reach new heights of out-of-control absurdity and it seems to be doing so with increased frequency as of late.

Does anyone honestly believe that pouring more money and lives down the drug war drain is the solution to this?

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Camel's Back

I love this blog because it always is sure to make an accounting of all the absolutely ridiculous things the cartels are able to do due to drug prohibition economics overflowing their coffers -- remember the submarines, super-professional tunnels, fast boats, ultra-light airplanes, etc., etc., ad nauseam? Each time these are pointed out more and more people realize the futility of prohibition and what we can gain by legalization, regulation and taxation. For me, the camel's back was broken a long time ago. I'm interested in what convinced others out there -- we should share successful arguments and spread them...

- George

Oil cartel and drug cartel:

Global Oil corporations have always secretly been drug cartel themselves. Fossil oil cartel replaced alcohol and cannabis with their petrochemical gasoline when they started prohibitions. The fossil oil is forcefully stolen from natives and locals land by manifest destiny. The fossil oil corporations are drug cartel who are now getting a taste of their own medicine.

Peace

What we could gain would be peace , Not just here, But in most of the world !!!! Imagine the the posibilities of the human race if we could only quit pushing our stinkin War down everyone's throat,there are going to be countries that still will kill people over drug laws and imprison their poor and sick over Drugs but we could go down as the generation that ended a War that has been killing , destroying Families, corupting almost anyone that gets close to it for about 100 Hundred Frakin years.
Peace not WAR

don't arrest them;

The Mexican government should HIRE these people, along with the tunnel-under-the-border-builders and guys with the home-made submarines. They're obviously intelligent, innovative and not afraid of working hard or getting dirty; I bet they could fix whatever's keeping Mexico a third-world country.

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