Mexican Drug Cartels Now Make Money Exporting Ore

Mark Stevenson, My Fox NY, November 30, 2013

Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country’s economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country’s lucrative mining industry, exporting iron ore to Chinese mills.

Such large-scale illegal mining operations were long thought to be wild rumor, but federal officials confirmed they had known about the cartels’ involvement in mining since 2010, and that the Nov. 4 military takeover of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s second-largest port, was aimed at cutting off the cartels’ export trade.

That news served as a wake-up call to Mexicans that drug traffickers have penetrated the country’s economy at unheard-of levels, becoming true Mafia-style organizations, ready to defend their mines at gun point.

Three Michoacan state detectives were wounded in an ambush earlier this week when they were traveling to investigate a mine taken over by criminals. When reinforcements arrived, those officers were also ambushed, part of a string of attacks on police in Michoacan on Wednesday and Thursday that left two officers dead and about a dozen wounded.

The Knights Templar cartel and its predecessor, the La Familia drug gang, have been stealing or extorting shipments of iron ore, or illegally extracting the mineral themselves and selling it through Pacific coast ports, said Michoacan residents, mining companies and current and former federal officials. {snip}

But so deeply entrenched was the cartel connection to mines, mills, ports, export firms and land holders that it took authorities three years to confront the phenomenon head-on. Federal officials said they are looking to crack down on other ports where drug gangs are operating.


The only known arrests related to cartel mining operations occurred in Michoacan in 2010, when Ignacio Lopez Medina, an alleged member of La Familia, was accused of selling ore illegally to China, the federal Attorney General’s Office said at the time.

But the arrest apparently came to little; the Attorney General’s Office could not say whether Lopez Medina had been tried or convicted of that crime, nor could The Associated Press determine if he is represented by a lawyer or is still in custody.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce did not immediately respond to requests for information on companies that have been involved in buying ore from cartels, knowingly or otherwise.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry declined to comment on whether China had any measures in place to ensure the legal provenance of such imports.

The iron ore, meanwhile, has both swelled the cartels’ bankrolls, giving them more money to buy guns and bribe officials, and fed the hunger of Asian steel mills.


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  • dd121

    Coming to a neighborhood near you.

    • Anon

      Better hope not. It is one thing for immigrants to be parasites and criminals. But if they actually engage in the tasks of civilization and society….build homes, grow food, mine metals and fuel etc. then they have successfully annexed that territory and the only thing left to do is genocide the previous inhabitants.

      So called “immigration” was never a serious threat because it amounted to a large number of incompetent, lazy scum, begging for what they would never produce themselves. But a competent people, willing to work together and build a nation……yeah, that’s done on a pile of your skulls.

  • Maybe it was true some time in the past that if we would have legalized drugs, the Mex cartels would have fallen apart.

    Not anymore.

    • CoweringCoward

      I still think the majority of their funds are a direct result of our “war on drugs”. Legalization would still kill the cartels, and if it didn’t completely kill them, it would certainly shift their focus to more “acceptable” criminality, something more in line with other international corporations.

  • Spartacus

    “The Knights Templar cartel…”


    This reminded me of a pic I’ve seen on the internet recently:

    • Bossman

      The Knights Templar were the first capitalists.

  • Extropico

    General Pershing’s Pancho Villa Expedition may need to be updated and repeated.

    • mikebowen55

      The cartels might actually be preferable to the us (lower case is intentional) government. It’s one of those “devil you know versus devil you don’t” quandaries. I mean after all they support the Mexicans here at least as much as the cartels do. The cartels might actually hate us White folk less.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      I foresee a second Mexican-American war in the near future. This time, the entire nation will be annexed, and we’ll have to forcibly absorb another 120 million unassimilables. What better means than war can our president use to shore up his abysmal popularity? The blending of Mexico and America will be just another step toward a world government.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    The drug cartels have already started taking over food production in Mexico, imagine what that would mean for us if they do that in the U.S. They have seized white American’s ranches along the border in Texas by taking them and they will not hesitate to murder entire white families too. Rest assured, sooner or later, whites may find themselves in deadly gun battles with Mestizos intent on seizing their homes or other property. Whites better find it in them to kill hostile aliens over property.

    • IstvanIN

      and the courts will back up the Mexican invaders.

    • mikebowen55

      They’ll have to kill the us government thugs sent out as backup as well.

  • David Ashton

    A problem far wider and deeper than “Latin” America. Criminal or addiction-profiteering ogranisations worldwide are evolving into transnational corporations and multinational governments of their own, and this is already being researched by police and/or professional experts. Migration plus libertarianism = parallel states run by and for criminals, eventually easily merged with both banking racketeers and narco-terrorists. The shape of things to come, unless stopped in good time.

    • rowingfool

      Precisely, just like our investment banking industry here in the good ol’ US of A. A cartel run by a criminal syndicate with influence at the highest levels of government.

  • Kronolog

    Like Prussia was “an army with a state”, Mexico is a mob with a state.

  • ms_anthro

    None dare call it annexation.

  • Chip Carver

    For a second, I thought the headline was “Mexican Drug Cartels Now Make Money Exporting Orcs.” That’s part of what they’re doing, correct? I mean, I’m in L.A., and I see them everywhere.