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Lime Prices Explode Due to Drug Wars in Mexico, Leading to Armed Escorts--and Robberies

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You like lime on your tacos, or a wedge in your margarita? Be ready to pay more--much more.

Last month, we published a gripping story about how residents in SanTana that come from the lime-growing region of Mexico known as Tierra Caliente are helping to wage a secret war against the main drug cartel there. Though largely successful, the offensive is also waging havoc with the lime industry. Produce managers at local supermarkets tell the Weekly that they're accustomed to paying about $10 to $15 per case. Last week? $90, by far the highest price they've ever paid.

And it's only going to go up.

Lime growers have been relegated to transporting their harvest by armed guard--but even that isn't good enough. Just this week, armed robbers in Veracruz stole nearly 16 tons of limes estimated at $250,000. And with the cartels on the run, expect more.

"We've never seen anything like this before," the produce guy said under condition of anonymity. "And it's going to get worse."

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wcpaulk
wcpaulk

I purchase produce for my restaurant i work at. The cost of a 175 count was $80.00 last week.  Today it is $100.00.  What will i do when it comes to my pico de gallo and mango salsa.

Julia Canal
Julia Canal

Yikes, I already carry Tapatio in my purse now I'll have to carry limes too.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Should be, but aren't. The government won't let you grow a lime tree without paying millions of dollars in taxes. Sorry.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Americans can grow limes in their backyards. Oh wait, no we can't. Fine, fuck a lime.

extramsg
extramsg

As it is with avocados as well.  Of course, it's not just the fighting back that's the problem.  The narcos were requiring "protection money" from the farmers or they were shooting workers and burning trees in retaliation. Viva la revolucion -- against the narcos.

Coco Cuevas
Coco Cuevas

We usually always have limes at home but for the past couple weeks we've had none. They're expensive and the limes we were getting at our nearest grocery store were ALL DRY!!!!!!! Smh.

REALLY
REALLY

I used to snort coke off CD cases in my day, but no one buys CD's anymore.  What to the kids sniff it off these days?  Nonetheless, it looks like we'll be doing some lines of limes, so to speak.

Crystal Jewel
Crystal Jewel

Tami Wilson-Mannschreck & Liam David Kerr???! Look out for these prices.... :(

Teresa Leon
Teresa Leon

Thank God My dad planted a lime tree.❤️

Oscar Goldman
Oscar Goldman

No mamen! I put lime in everything!!!!!! Quién podrá ayudarnos!

Adriana Guerra Munoz
Adriana Guerra Munoz

I have 2 Mexican lime trees, w/ no seeds and very juicey, looks like I'm gonna make some $$$$$$$$

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Esto no es solamente por la guerra del narco. El hecho es que los estados productores de este cítrico están pasando por una plaga muy peligrosa para los limones y dicha plaga echa a perder la cosecha y la mayor razón es porque los campos de limón están congelados en estados productores. La cuestión es que es un ingrediente vital para nosotros los Mexicanos.

Magdalena DelReal
Magdalena DelReal

I like lime in my veggie juice I make in the mornings. Looks like I need to stock up.

Benny Marquez Jr
Benny Marquez Jr

Just drive around and get as many citrus fruits you want .

Alix Luu
Alix Luu

No! El lemons Matheus Flavio Lucas Paulo

Jim Hill
Jim Hill

My entire town is gonna get scurvy

Dawn Wright
Dawn Wright

Glad I froze a bunch of juice from my last lime harvest.

Mathew Moore
Mathew Moore

Grow a lime tree. Limes, like pot, should be free and abundant.

John Hald
John Hald

Time to find some local neighborhood trees to take from like I do avocados and pomegranates. Only those that don't regularly pick em of course!

Cris Whetstone
Cris Whetstone

Damn. Our lime tree produced more than we could use. Should have sold some.

John del Real
John del Real

You know it is possible to grow limes in California..just throwing that out there...

Nia Nguyễn
Nia Nguyễn

Thanks for bringing this issue into the limelight.

Francisco Gr
Francisco Gr

Las tecates luego luego Friday !!!!!! Papaaaa!!!!!!!!!

Gloria Irigoyen-Salinas
Gloria Irigoyen-Salinas

yup! makes sense now! my husband said because of the drought here in California, I said, but these are Mexico limes! big fat SIGH.!!! first avocados, now limes! so sad.

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