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State police in Puebla arrested by military patrols for alleged fuel theft

Huejotzingo, Puebla — Military officers in the city of Huejotzingo arrested state police after they were found to be suspects in the theft of fuel.

Members of the Ministry of Public Security of the state were taken into custody by the military police Monday for alledgely being linked with bands of criminals who steal fuel from the pipelines of Petróleos Mexicanos in the area of Santa Ana Xalmimilulco.

The arrests were made during the early morning hours Monday when military police patrolling the area noticed state police stationed outside a building as if guarding it. Their actions appeared suspicious to the military police who realized there was a theft of fuel.

One sergeant and three officers were arrested and taken into custody.

On site, military officers reportedly found containers of stolen, stored fuel. The men were transferred to the Internal Affairs division of the Public Security Secretariat.

Stealing fuel from Pemex pipelines is a lucrative business for hundreds of families across the northern regions of Mexico where for most, it’s their only source of income.

In May of this year, the state government assumed control of San Martín Texmelucan to set up an operation in Comandancia of the municipality, where 136 police members were detained.