MORELIA, Mich., November 20, 2023. – Official figures from the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reveal that in the current administration the number of complaints for the crime of extortion has increased by up to 239.65 percent; More than half occurred in the municipalities of the Morelia region.
In the first year of Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla’s administration, 58 cases of extortion were reported, eight in the first quarter of his administration, October-December 2021, and 50 from January to September.
In the second year, completed last October, the total was 197 complaints before the Local Public Ministry, 15 from the period October-December 2022 and 182 until last September.
That is, there went from 58 cases in the first year to 197. Of these, 120 correspond to the Morelia region, followed by Uruapan with 42 complaints and Zitácuaro with 14 of the total.
According to the latest statements by prosecutor Adrián López Solís in relation to extortion, in addition to the production and sale of addictive substances, criminal groups have also dabbled in this crime, with the collection of fees from small merchants, businessmen and producers.
“We know that they are people attached to criminal groups that are fighting for the territory, the extortion market, the territory for crime,” he declared to the media, after the attacks on lemon trucks in Tierra Caliente and the closure of a tortilla factory. in Uruapan.
But during the year, small chicken producers in the Oriente region, transporters, bars, restaurants and textile manufacturers have also denounced them, El Universal reported.