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Before the avocado was established as Michoacán’s cash cow, the state was largely reliant on mangoes. 

And while there have been whispers of cartel intimidation in the mango industry—which is still strong in Michoacán—there are no specific reports. (An attempt to contact the source of the only relevant quote in an article thus far was met with a request to “recuse myself from this one.”) 

Various importers, exporters, wholesalers, and the executive director of the National Mango Board all either declined to comment or stated that they didn’t know anything about drug cartel activity affecting mango production. Many of them sounded uncomfortable.

Then I got into contact with Will Cavan.

Will, who spent decades as an importer of tropical fruit from Latin America, now runs the International Mango Organization (IMO) and a mango blog. 

He’s not afraid to speak his mind and says that the other prominent figures in the industry are. 

“Anybody who does business [there] is sort of dancing with the devil,” he said.

“You go down and you’ve got one degree of separation from the drug cartels. Nobody wants to create problems, so they’re all going to deny that it exists.”

But he claims that the cartels are more than third-party robbers and intimidators. They are intimately involved with mango production, running some of the largest operations and even actively working to limit supply in order to drive up prices. 

“Knowing people with packing sheds and being there on the ground,” 

Will said, “they told me, ‘Look, they come into our packing shed, they tell us how many loads we’re gonna pack this week, and they’ll go out at the field level. And if anybody goes out, they’ll kill ‘em.’”

It’s ironic, he said, that the cartels have managed to bring order to a formerly chaotic industry, driving up prices in a way that legitimate producer’s associations have never been able to.

“For the first time, going back a couple years, the Mexican mango deal is making real money,” Will said. “Mangoes have been selling at a good number. And that’s what drug cartels are good at: They’re good at making money.” That is to say, the legitimate producers are likely seeing none of the profit.

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