Cartel suspected in coordinated attack against Pepsi Subsidiary

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Prosecutors in northern Mexico say a drug cartel lieutenant has been detained in a series of firebombing attacks on a PepsiCo subsidiary, the Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas.

Experts say the weekend fire-bombings were the most violent and concerted attack on a private transnational company in Mexico to date in the country’s 5 1/2-year drug war.

The state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos oil company has suffered hundreds of non-violent fuel thefts from pipelines and the kidnapping of some of its employees. But Mexico’s drug cartels have usually not openly attacked large private companies.

In four attacks between Friday and Sunday, several warehouses and dozens of Sabritas delivery trucks were torched.

Prosecutors in Guanajuato state said Monday they have arrested several suspects including a lieutenant of the Knights Templar drug cartel in the attacks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s