Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2016

Railroad lootings down 90%, Gov. Miguel Márquez Márquez

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The Guanajuato Coordination Group, headed by Governor Miguel Márquez Márquez, reported that operation ‘Safe Railroad’ (Ferrocarril Seguro) will be permanent in the state, with the support of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), after a 90% reduction in the number of lootings in the last month.

During the announcement, the head of the state Executive, explained that he held a meeting with the National Defense Secretary, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and representatives of Ferromex (Ferrocarriles Mexicanos), to analyze the results of this operation in a one-month period.

At the meeting, the indefinite permanence of one thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army in Guanajuato was determined to safeguard the railroad and the pipelines of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

“I congratulate the Guanajuato Coordination Group, but especially the Army, and General Salvador Cienfuegos, who was very willing to support us in this operation during the last 30 days with excellent results,” said the governor.

Gov. Marquez Márquez stated that from Sep. 5 to Oct. 5, 853 thefts to railroad containers were registered, and from October 5 to November 4, the number of thefts went down to 32, more than 90% less incidents of this kind.

(Photo: El Financiero)

(Photo: El Financiero)

On the subject of train speed, it was reported that before operation ‘Safe Railroad’, trains had an average speed of 12 kilometers per hour, and now they are traveling at an average speed of 23 kilometers per hour.

Márquez Márquez also provided the following figures as part of the operation: 22 searches, 21 secured properties, 19 suspects arrested, 54 vehicles retained, 3.5 tons of grain recovered, as well as auto parts, shredded iron, electrical appliances and 17,200 liters of hydrocarbons among others. Also during this period of time, six complaints were filed for robbery, five by Ferromex and one by Kansas City Southern Railroad Company.

Meanwhile, General Pedro Felipe Gurrola Ramírez, commander of the XII Military Region, considered that the results achieved with operation ‘Safe Railroad’ are an example of the coordinated work conducted by the three levels of government with exceptional results, an effort that has been intensified with the permanence of one thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army in Guanajuato.

“Before operation “Safe Railroad”, there was an average of 30 train lootings per day, and in the last 25 days, there had been absolutely no thefts,” Gurrola Ramírez concluded.

Source: http://periodicocorreo.com.mx/

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