04/15/2021

Military take command of Mexican customs to fight organized crime

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador government took another step against organized crime by granting control to the army forces, in order to end the smuggling of fuel, merchandise, illegal vehicles and weapons into the country.

From March, four soldiers yesterday assumed the administration of the crossings of Colombia, Nuevo León, and Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
According to the newspaper Reforma at the time of handing over the control, Horacio Duarte, head of the General Administration of Customs, stressed that the change seeks to eradicate corruption.

That is why the border would end with the smuggling of American merchandise, chocolate vehicles and weapons that are put at the service of organized crime.
It also seeks to combat the huachicoleros who “milk” Pemex pipelines.

The decision for the military’s control of customs was criticized at the time by businessmen and specialists due to the lack of preparation of the military in foreign trade.

Yesterday, Duarte pointed out that the military personnel underwent intense training and offered to support them with investments of “thousands and billions of dollars” of pesos.