Mexico to use Colombian know-how to combat pipeline thefts

By The Associated Press

Mexican officials are getting help from Colombia in fighting a wave of pipeline thefts.


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials are getting help from Colombia in fighting a wave of pipeline thefts.

By some estimates, thieves drill into state-run pipelines in Mexico to siphon off gasoline and diesel about 20 times per day.

Mexico's attorney general said Friday that Colombian officials are helping Mexico with expertise and procedural advice on how to combat the problem. Colombia suffered a similar problem about two decades ago.

Raul Cervantes said Mexico would implement new technology, intelligence gathering and other measures to fight the thefts.

Mexico closed seven service stations Thursday for allegedly selling stolen gasoline and diesel, and has identified another seven stations that may have done the same.

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