American Property In Mexico Illegally Seized By Military & Mexican Officials

( – An American mining company has had its quarry and port seized in Mexico after a disagreement was unable to be resolved. Mexican military, police, and federal investigators stormed the quarry near Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo in the early morning hours of March 14th.

Their objective was to force the unloading of a shipment of cement from a Mexican-owned company. Vulcan, the company that owns the property, refused to unload the cement after their contract negotiations with CEMEX broke down last December. Without an agreement in place, Vulcan refused to unload the cement. Government officials saw to it once they had control of the property.

Almost a week later, they have yet to leave and return the property to its American owners. Chairman and CEO J. Thomas Hill sent the Mexican Ambassador a letter to request the return of the property two days after it was occupied.

Vulcan is engaged in a months-long disagreement with the Mexican government. In May 2022, the Mexicans shut down the quarry after accusing the company of illegally exporting minerals. They additionally suspended Vulcan’s permits a few days after they shut down the quarry and the matter has been working its way through the Mexican courts ever since.

Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL) called the seizure “unlawful and unacceptable,” and lamented the Mexican government harassing an American corporation while fentanyl is coming over their border which kills hundreds of Americans every day. She additionally demanded the Biden administration step in.

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe tweeted harsh criticism at the Biden administration for tolerating the abuse. He pointed out that the port was the only deepwater port on the Yucatán, with strategic value.

Vulcan has filed multiple legal challenges in Mexican courts. They challenge the lack of a warrant and claim they are in breach of a prior court ruling concerning ownership of the land. They’ve also been denied any of the materials concerning the raid. The military was also ordered to cease and desist by a state judge from Quintana Roo on March 16th, but have not left yet.

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