Mexico suspects cartel in Pepsi subsidiary attacks

May 29, 2012 • Business

In this photo taken late Friday, May 25, 2012, flames rise from a warehouse of the Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. Over the weekend, unidentified gunmen launched a series of coordinated attacks against the company’s installations in the western state of Michoacan in what has been described as the most violent and concerted attack on a private transnational company in the country’s 5 ½-year drug war. Sabritas is a subsidiary of PepsiCo. (AP Photo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A drug cartel lieutenant has been detained in a series of firebombing attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. Businessmen and experts said Monday the attacks were the first coordinated targeting of a multinational company in Mexico’s 5 ½-year-long drug war.

Five Sabritas warehouses and vehicle lots were attacked Friday and Saturday in the Mexican states of Michoacan and Guanajuato. Witnesses in one case described armed, masked men who tossed firebombs and torched dozens of the company’s distribution trucks and some warehouses.

Gerardo Gutierrez, president of Mexico’s Business Coordinating Council, said Monday that it was “an isolated Login to read more

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