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      Oil pipeline siphoning operation discovered in Veracruz

      Authorities have uncovered an oil pipeline siphoning operation in Veracruz // Mexican Army Photo

      Authorities are investigating who tapped into an oil pipeline to steal thousands of gallons of fuel south of the border in Veracruz.

      It all happened on a highway between the cities of Acayucan and Cosamaloapan in the State of Veracruz on Thursday.

      Mexico TMs Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that soldiers were patrolling the highway when they came across the operation.

      Soldiers reported finding a tap to siphon fuel from a pipeline and a stolen tanker truck with 8,453 gallons of fuel inside.

      No arrests were reported but the case remains under investigation by federal officials.

      The discovery comes a day after eight stolen tanker trucks with tens of thousands of gallons in stolen fuel were found in nearby Minatitlan.

      Personal militar localiz una toma clandestina de combustible y asegur un tractor cisterna en Veracruz

      Minatitln, Ver., a 26 de julio de 2012.- La Secretara de la Defensa Nacional a travs de las Comandancias de la VI Regin Militar y 29/a. Zona Militar informa a la opinin pblica que en el marco de la Estrategia Integral del Estado Mexicano en contra del Narcotrfico y la Delincuencia Organizada, esta fecha, personal militar jurisdiccionado a este mando territorial al realizar reconocimientos terrestres en el tramo carretero Acayucan " Cosamaloapan, Ver., localiz una toma clandestina de combustible y un tractocamin cisterna con reporte de robo conteniendo 32,000 litros de combustible.

      El vehculo y combustible fueron puestos a disposicin de las autoridades correspondientes.

      La Secretara de la Defensa Nacional agradece a la ciudadana por la confianza en el Instituto Armado e invita a denunciar todo tipo de actividades ilcitas, poniendo a su disposicin los telfonos 9222238592, 9212129080, 9212123411, 9222215417, 9222238586, 9212480090 y correos electrnicos: denuncia.29zm@mail.sedena.gob.mx y denuncia.gmcoatzacoalcos@mail.sedena.gob.mx.

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