New Cartel Threat: The U.S. Energy Supply

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The Los Angeles Times this week reported that the violent “Los Zetas” cartel has “crippled” production in the Burgos basin in Tamaulipas state, home of Mexico’s biggest natural gas fields.

Thirty oil workers and contractors have been kidnapped, including five who were snatched in May and haven’t been heard from since. The cartels force workers to collaborate with them to steal energy, which is then sold for cash.

The gunmen also shake information out of workers on security systems and the delicate workings of gas transport so they can hijack production. Natural gas, with its visible pipelines, is particularly vulnerable, but the cartels have begun moving on oil too.

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