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Zetas cartel gunmen in Mexico seize control of gas stations give away gas amid national fuel crisis

January 3, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Zetas cartel gunmen in Mexico seize control of gas stations give away gas amid national fuel crisis

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The Mexican government has come under mounting pressure amid national outrage as protests spread across the country over a fuel crisis which resulted in gas shortages and massive price increases.

The cost of gas in Mexico has soared to as much as 20% in preparation for March’s liberalization of fuel prices, which aims at setting prices that more closely reflects the costs of production.

Recent shortages forced the closures of gas stations after the state-run oil company, PEMEX, failed to make fuel deliveries, which prompted panic among residents in several states.

In the states of Puebla and Tlaxcala, Gasolineros Unidos de Puebla and Tlaxcala, the organization representing gas station owners, said the shortages has affected around 150 gas stations.

As a result, Mexican organized crime groups have sought to fuel the fire of discontent among the population by taking advantage of the fuel crisis.

Masked sicarios—hitmen for the Zetas drug cartel managed to gain control of gas stations, giving away gasoline and diesel to residents in the Mexican state of Chiapas, according to Mexican media outlets

On Friday, video footage surfaced on social media showing purported masked gunmen seizing several gas stations and giving away fuel to residents with police nowhere in sight in the capital city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

Law enforcement officials say the Zetas are heavily involved in the theft of fuel from oil and gas lines owned by PEMEX, which is then sold on the black market to large corporations in the United States.

As JammedUp News reported, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel recently threatened to burn down any gas stations in the state of Jalisco who failed to sell fuel to struggling residents at regulated prices.

The threat from the violent drug cartel prompted enhanced security throughout the capital city of Guadalajara on Friday.

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