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Kidnapping and extortion were serious problems for avocado producers in Mexico

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Avoocado producers have become a target for organized crime.

Increasing demand for avocados has been great for producers, but it has also brought problms On the one hand, increased demand and higher prices means a lot more income for them. Now one town has started fighting back by employing avocado police to patrol the area and protect the farms.

According to the BBC, Tancítaro in Michoacán, Mexico, is known as the avocado capital of Mexico. It produces an estimated two billion avocados a year. That’s made the town rich, but it’s also made the town a target for organized crime. Now Tancítaro has started employing heavily armed crews of guards in body armor to keep watch over the farms, avocados, and the town’s residents.

Mexico produces 45 percent of the world’s avocados, and Michoacán is the biggest avocado producer in Mexico. The town of Tancítaro only has about 30,000 residents, but it produces enough avocados to supply the entire state of California with avocado on its own. Some of the farmers in the area have become very rich, and that’s made them the target of criminals. One avocado farmer said his 16-year-old son was kidnapped by criminals who wanted $1 million for his release, and he himself was kidnapped and held for ransom twice. Now he employs full-time bodyguards.

The avocado police force is funded in part by the avocado producers, who pay a portion of their profits based on the size of their farms. An avocado producer named Lorena Flores said she works on the force 40 hours a week, and that she thinks the area is much safer now. Extortion and kidnappings had been a serious problem, but the residents of Tancítaro told the BBC those have stopped since the avocado police started patrolling. If the idea of organized crime targeting avocado producers is surprising, check out these 17 other facts you didn’t know about avocados.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


Mexican Avocado Farmers Suffer Cartel Kidnapping, Extortion Tactics

324 Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles

URUAPAN, Michoacán – Avocado farmers in the coastal state of Michoacán are living in terror as the dominant regional cartel is again extorting and kidnapping them for profit.

Due to their substantial popularity in the U.S., avocados have earned the nickname “green gold.” Approximately 60 percent of avocados exported by Mexico come from Michoacán, primarily around Uruapan.

For years, cells from the Nueva Familia Michoacana faction “Los Viagras,” led by Rodolfo Santana Sierra, extorted avocado farmers and kidnapped them for high-value ransoms. Rodolfo is a brother of Los Viagras’ top boss Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra Santana, who publicly claimed the governor of Michoacán paid him for votes.

In June, Los Viagras kidnapped seven farmers and three more in July. Several were killed despite ransom payments paid. In one case this week, a farmer died in a failed rescue operation. A police officer also died. After the Mexican government’s failure to protect them, some farmers are turning to Los Viagras’ rivals, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), for protection.

Breitbart News spoke with Arquímedes Bucio, an avocado farmer who was forced to leave Michoacán after Los Viagras kidnapped his son and brother. With the help of the United Nations, Bucio was able to request asylum outside of Mexico. The ordeal began in 2017 when one of Los Viagras’ lieutenants known as “Red Beard” kidnapped his son. The farmer was forced to pay $2 million pesos for the child’s release.

Two months later, Los Viagras kidnapped his brother, however, the family was not able to pay the full ransom–only $500,000 pesos. The victim was never seen again. In 2018, the family tried to flee Michoacán to Queretaro, however, organized crime continued to follow. That is when Bucio went to Mexico City and asked for help at the UN. Since their departure, cartel gunmen have ravaged their farm, stolen equipment, and killed employees.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart News / Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.


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