Jun 13, 2018

Pepsi bottling plant shuts in Mexico after gang threats

A company bottling and distributing soda for PepsiCo in Mexico, Grupo Gepp, has closed its plant in the city of Ciudad Altamirano citing gang threats. Earlier this year, the US state department warned against travel to the region because of gang violence. About 100 workers were employed at the bottling plant in Ciudad Altamirano, which is located in Guerrero, one of the states most severely affected by gang violence. Drivers said they had been stopped by gang members threatening to take over their lorries if they were not paid off. A number of criminal gangs are active in the region and their turf war has seen a rise in violence which led the US state department to ban its employees from travelling to Guerrero.

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