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Illegal Logging in Chihuahua is Now Mexico Cartel Territory

Deborah Bonello
InSight Crime
January 10, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Among the most vibrant criminal markets in Mexico is illegal wood, and in the northern state of Chihuahua, there is increasing alarm that drug trafficking organizations are fighting for control of the trade. …The scene was typical of the violence that has long played out during Mexico’s drug war, now more than a decade old. But the message taped to one of the bodies referred not to drug trafficking, but the local illegal wood market. Indeed, the groups involved in black-market logging and drugs now appear to be one and the same. …Local wisdom dictates that drug trafficking groups embraced illegal logging in part as a collateral benefit of their territorial control, and as a way to diversify their criminal portfolio, which had suffered after a drop in market prices for poppy paste and marijuana.

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