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Drug cartels get into Mexico avocado trade

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Four competing drug cartels are extorting avocado producers in Michoacán, Mexico, showing how the fruit is becoming an increasingly important source of illicit profits in the context of shifting criminal dynamics in the state.

Michoacán produces over 80 percent of Mexico's avocados, with an annual export value of around $2.4 billion, earning the fruit the nickname "green gold", Business Insider reports.