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General Attorney’s Office reports the detention of 17 alleged kidnappers in Tabasco on November 7

On November 7, the General Attorney’s Office (FGE) reported the detention of 17 individuals charged with kidnapping, homicide, drug-dealing, and oil theft. 12 of the suspects allegedly belonged to a criminal organization operating in the locales of Jalpa de Méndez, Comalcalco, and Paraíso. Five members were reportedly detained on September 23 in Jalpa de Méndez, other three on October 22 in Comalcalco, and the rest of them on October 30 and November 1 in Paraíso. The suspects were also purportedly involved in operations to steal oil from Pemex, the state-owned oil company. According to reports, 10 other criminal groups operating in Tabasco were dismantled in 2018.

Tabasco has seen significant organized criminal activity, ostensibly attracted by oil production and high-level business. For instance, in 2017 the Tabasco State recorded the highest kidnapping rate in the country. While violence in 2018 has decreased when compared to recent years, the region remains one of the most violent in terms of robberies and blackmail activities. Taking into account the presence of other criminal groups operating across various states, violence is not likely to abate in the short term despite successful security operations being recorded periodically.

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