Mexican avocados and the drug cartel

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Much as we’d all like to support legitimate farmers everywhere, stories about avocado plantations in Mexico being used as front to launder drug money can make one squeamish about buying and eating Mexican avocado (not that I have to, really — it’s a good thing that we grow avocados in the Philippines and we don’t have to import them). Still…

there’s a dark story lurking beneath the surface of the fleshy green fruit—and the bowls of guacamole it produces. A drug cartel known as the Caballeros Templarios, the Knights Templar, has infiltrated the avocado sector, and now controls the local trade, from production to distribution…

… rich drug traffickers have purchased avocado plantations to launder money or to make legitimate profits.

It’s quite a horrific story of extortion, kidnappings and death threats. See “Blood Avocados”: The Dark Side of Your Guacamole.