The company produced a total of 94 ingots between July, August and September, so the armed group took half of the production of that period. The estimated value of the 47 stolen gold bars would reach a value greater than 500 million pesos, this according to El Universal, (ie approx $25 million USD.)
At the time of the robbery, the security guards carried three revolvers. The thieves beat and disarmed them, although authorities reported that the injured are stable. They do not know, for the moment, who was able to carry out the assault and what is their modus operandi.
The incident occurred at 9:10 p.m. last Friday on the International Highway Road section to Sonoyta, Sonora at kilometer 157, and was reported to the authorities; the first respondents were the agents of the Federal Police.
The Fresnillo Corporation has in the State of Sonora the gold mines Noche Buena and Herradura; In addition, it is also dedicated to the production of silver in the Saucito and Fresnillo miners, in Zacatecas and San Julián, in the region between Durango and Chihuahua, among other projects, according to the firm’s information.
The 47 bullion that took the criminals had a value of about 524,000,000 pesos, according to the current price of the metal. According to magazine data, the Fresnillo PLC company managed to produce a total of 94 ingots between July, August and September, so that the armed group took half of the production of that period.
Last October, the economic newspaper Expansión reported that the production of Mexican miner Fresnillo had fallen in the last quarter. Specifically, gold mining fell by about 7%, to 209,800 ounces.
This fall in the production of this metal was due, in part, to a smaller volume of ore processed in the mines of San Julián, La Herradura and Noche Buena. It also registered a significant decline in the extraction of silver, with a fall of 14.5%.
In the past there is documentary evidence that cartels and/or organized crime smuggle the gold to be sold and thus launder money. Another post for another time.