Theft and trafficking of Pemex fuel is not limited to land: it also occurs on the high seas.
In an official report, the Navy reported that criminals have looted Pemex vessels that supply marine terminals. Sometimes, they act like pirates and, in others, colluded with personnel from the oil company.
It is also reported that stolen fuel on land are taken onto boats for sale in Central America. Since 2010, the Navy has detected the transfer of stolen fuel in at least seven vessels sailing in the Gulf of Mexico.
As an example, last February the shrimp boat "Viking II" was arrested, which was in Coatzacoalcos and was carrying 12,000 liters of fuel, equivalent to tanking 240 vehicles full.
"No data are available to add the insured product money under this institution is only an adjunct to one of the three levels of government", the Navy reported. Since 2010, a team of 450 members working on tasks at sea focused on detecting oil trafficking.
One of the most significant cases occurred in June 2012 when, in an inspection of the ship "Captain Kenny", located about 170 kilometers the port of Tabasco, marine found 400,000 liters of fuel, which could fill 20 auto-tanks from Pemex.
Another emblematic case is that of Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, "Lucky" plaza boss of Los Zetas arrested in 2011, who confessed that he created legal firms and ghost firms to sell diesel and gasoline to entrepreneurs from EU, Central and South America through the sea in the Gulf of Mexico. The criminal leader claimed to have had income reaching over 500 million pesos a month for the illegal sale of fuel to US cities, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia.
Reports from Mexican intelligence indicate that, in the theft and smuggling of fuel on the high seas, involves criminal groups linked to the Gulf Cartel and Jalisco New Generation.
This article fails to note that a large portion of Pemex product stolen from refineries and pipelines in Tamaulipas [a state that produces more than half of finished hydrocarbons] was sold to US companies, including some of the biggest players. It is impossible for mid-level managers to be ignorant of their relationship with CDG [who has been doing this for decades] and splinter groups, including the Zetas.
These companies were very, very, eager to exploit various levels of Mexico's dilapidated production and distribution system, and endemic corruption is a key incentive, as long as they can claim ignorance. Unfortunately for many who stood to gain, the price collapse has put these plans on hold for now.
This is one of the reasons EPN, as well as Tamaulipas governors, have been more exposed in regard to malfeasance. If the oil money were still coming in, nearly everybody would look the other way as they pocket their cut.