The packers of Michoacan lose 2 million pesos each week as criminals steal 7 to 10 trucks of avocados on a weekly basis.
Each truck has 8 tons of avocado for export, whose average cost is 200 thousand pesos.
"The effect is very big. We have been dealing with this problem for several years and it hasn't decreased. There are moments when there is a certain calm, but the affectation so far continues to be very big because they steal 7 to 10 trucks per week," stated David Ruiz, member of the APEAM packer sector.
Despite the complaints and security measures implemented autonomously by packers, crime hasn't ended, on the contrary, the criminals are becoming more sophisticated and are one step ahead, he said.
They already have technology to block the truck's GPS. We got very modern devices so that we could turn off the trucks remotely, and they already have technological devices to prevent this from happening. So what we're seeing is that, since their criminal enterprise is doing so well, they have been investing to be able to steal with less risk," he said.
Producers are aware that organized crime, as well as ordinary people, could be responsible for these thefts. Therefore, they have asked the authorities to pay attention to this phenomenon that negatively impacts the productive sector of Michoacan.
"We don't know if its organized crime or not. Two people can easily steal a truck because drivers have been told not to risk their lives, to give up the truck, so if somebody blocks their way with a vehicle and threatens them, the driver has to leave the keys," he said.
Even though authorities still haven't detected where the stolen avocado is sold, they do know that it remains within the same state, especially in Uruapan, considered the area with the highest fruit production.