Cartel, an international criminal organisation formerly run by infamous crook El Chapo, targeted lakes, rivers and creeks in the mountains of the state of Chihuahua, using water trucks and hundreds of miles of plastic pipeline to funnel the liquid away from its sources.
A mid-level cartel commander for the region, "El Señor", told Vice World News: "Here, everything has an owner - Rivers, creeks, lakes… everything, and especially water." READ MORE: Infamous El Chapo's nephew gunned down and killed while partying in busy town square He added: "Water is now a valuable asset for us, and as it becomes more scarce, the more we will fight to make sure we have enough."The cartel made the decision to take over the water supply for two reasons, both financial - firstly to keep its weed and poppy fields well-watered, and secondly, so it could be the broker that supplies water to farmers, hotels, and other local businesses that have been left without water.The news comes after Mexico recorded one of its worst droughts in history last year, with taps running dry across the nation.Last summer, the Chihuahua state declared that all of its crops were "completely lost" for the first time thanks to the effects of climate change in the region, pushing more than 22000 local farmers into extreme poverty.During the drought’s peak many of these farmers were forced to leave their crops to work in fruit factories for a daily wage of less than $2, according to locals.Local Indigenous farmer Alberto Ramírez said: We are not used to this, to working in factories for money.Read more on dailystar.co.uk
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