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  • 3 Tijuana officers trying to enter U.S. taken into custody

    11/15/2008 12:19:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 512+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 11/15/08 | Sandra Dibble
    Three Tijuana police officers suspected of ties to organized crime were detained this week by U.S. authorities as they tried to cross into the United States. The officers, two of whom were assistant chiefs, were taken into custody at the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. The officers worked for the municipal police department and were turned over to the Mexican military. The first two were detained Monday and are among the 20 municipal officers being held for questioning in Mexico City by the federal...
  • Death Toll Rises to 40 this week in Tijuana (Graphic Photos)

    10/03/2008 5:51:55 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 53 replies · 5,157+ views
    NBC ^ | 10/3/2008 | NBC
    Some 40 people have been killed in drug-related violence in the past week in Tijuana, bringing the total so far this year to more than 400. On Monday, 12 bodies were found outside an elementary school and an additional four victims were discovered in another section of the city. Nine more bodies were discovered near a day care on Thursday and two other bodies were found elsewhere.
  • Key cartel figures captured in pre-dawn raid (Arellano Felix cartel)

    08/22/2008 5:41:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 496+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/22/08 | Omar Millan Gonzalez
    TIJUANA – A special federal task force captured several men believed to be high-ranking members of the Arellano Felix cartel amid gunfire in a pre-dawn raid Friday, according the local Mexican military command. The suspects were gambling around 2 a.m. in a room at Caliente Casino, owned by former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon. Alfonso Duarte Mujica, local military commander, said at a press conference Friday morning that one of those captured was Pedro Ignacio Zazueta, known as “El Pit,” believed to be one of the leaders of the Arellano cartel. Zazueta is a lieutenant to Fernando Sanchez Arellano, known as...
  • Tijuana AIDS crisis threatens U.S.

    08/02/2008 1:42:31 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 111+ views
    UPI ^ | 01 Aug 2008 | UPI
    Tijuana is a chaotic Mexican border city of 1.5 million people and seen as a direct threat to the United States through its AIDS crisis, officials say. When Mexican President Felipe Calderon opens the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City on Sunday, he can boast that his country has one of the lowest HIV rates in the Americas. But, he can't include Tijuana, one of the busiest border crossings in the world, in that category, The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) said. Tijuana, located 20 miles south of San Diego, has an HIV infection rate that's nearly triple the national average...
  • Massive gunbattles break out in Tijuana; 13 dead, 9 wounded

    04/27/2008 8:02:36 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 25 replies · 123+ views
    ap ^ | 042708 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    TIJUANA, Mexico - Massive gunbattles broke out between suspected drug traffickers who fired at each other while speeding down heavily populated streets of this violent border city early Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding nine. All of the dead were believed to be drug traffickers, possibly rival members of the same cartel who were trying to settle scores, said Rommel Moreno, the attorney general of Baja California state, where Tijuana is located. "Evidently this is a confrontation between gangs," Moreno told reporters. Eight suspects and one federal police officer were injured in the pre-dawn shootings, none gravely, said Agustin Perez...
  • Violence in Mexico deterring tourists

    04/18/2008 1:18:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 190+ views
    Marketplace ^ | April 18, 2008 | Jill Barshay
    In 2007, the number of Americans kidnapped while in Mexico doubled from the previous year. This has not only reduced tourism to Mexico, it is affecting the future of real estate projects, such as Donald Trump's towers in Tijuana. Jill Barshay reports TEXT OF STORY Lisa Napoli: This week, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Americans heading to the northern border region of Mexico. The reason: a surge in violence and kidnappings linked to Mexican drug cartels. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports the violence it's starting to take its toll on the tourism industry. -------------------------------------------------------- Jeff Tyler: Last...
  • Mexico Seizes Arsenal, Drugs in Tijuana

    03/07/2008 10:35:36 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 6 replies · 498+ views
    AP news ^ | 3.7.08 | various
    Soldiers seized assault rifles, grenades, marijuana and bulletproof vests bearing police insignia after a brief shootout in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. No one was wounded in the overnight exchange of fire with three suspects hunkered down in a house in La Mesa district, army Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito told reporters Friday. Troops seized 91 assault rifles — some with butts of gold and ivory — along with 18 grenades, the bulletproof vests and more than 880 pounds of marijuana, Aponte Polito said. The three suspects, aged 25 to 33, were arrested. The bust followed weeks of bloody confrontations...
  • Tijuana tourism plunges amid drug violence

    02/17/2008 6:04:45 AM PST · by Haddit · 21 replies · 720+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    TIJUANA -- Marcos Rojas, a waiter at Mr. Tequila Restaurant, roams the Plaza Viva Tijuana, eager to pour double shots for partying tourists. This downtown gateway used to be crowded with Southern California day-trippers, Midwestern families and busloads of German and Japanese tourists. But empty bars and shuttered businesses now outnumber people mingling near the broken fountain. Rojas, who earns tips by making a show of slamming tequila shots on the table and pouring them down customers' throats, says it's been a week since he performed one of his signature tricks, twirling a tourist on his shoulders. "Look around, it's...
  • Kidnappings of U.S. citizens on rise

    02/06/2008 4:15:37 PM PST · by freemike · 15 replies · 294+ views
    SignOnSanDiago.com ^ | February 6, 2008 | Tony Manolatos
    Organized, well-financed and violent Mexican kidnapping cells are targeting a growing number of U.S. citizens visiting communities popular with San Diegans and other California residents. Advertisement Last year, at least 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, local FBI agents overseeing the cases said yesterday.
  • Truck crashes into Tijuana airport after gunmen kill driver

    01/31/2008 11:03:29 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 102+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 31, 2008 | LUIS PEREZ
    TIJUANA, Mexico — Gunmen chased a pickup truck into Tijuana's international airport on Wednesday, firing at and killing the driver, whose vehicle crashed through the windows of the terminal and came to rest near a security check point. Two women riding with the victim were wounded and the airport's operations were briefly interrupted, the Baja California state attorney general's office reported. The shooting occurred in the early morning when few people were at the terminal. The gunmen fired into the pickup as it lay inside the airport lobby to make sure the driver was dead. They fled in another vehicle....
  • Key Mexican drug hitman arrested near U.S. border

    01/26/2008 8:59:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 7,834+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/26/08 | Reuters
    TIJUANA, Mexico – A key hitman for Mexico's Arellano Felix drug cartel was arrested on Saturday in this crime-ridden border city, in another coup for President Felipe Calderón's clampdown on traffickers. After an anonymous tip-off, soldiers stormed a house and arrested Alfredo Araujo Avila, also known as Popeye, Tijuana's military chief Gen. German Redondo told reporters. “He is considered one of the most dangerous hitmen of the Arellano Felix cartel,” Gen. Redondo said. Araujo Avila had dodged arrest for a decade in Tijuana, which is just over the U.S. border from San Diego. He is wanted in the United States...
  • Mexican authorities uncover cartel safe house in Tijuana

    01/21/2008 8:46:46 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 8 replies · 172+ views
    TIJUANA – Days after a wild, deadly shootout between drug cartel gunmen and Mexican police and soldiers, authorities have uncovered what they say is a clandestine training ground for cartel assassins, complete with an underground target range that investigators believe went undetected for months. The house was raided late Saturday night by heavily armed federal police. They found two armored pickups parked at the home, along with two other vehicles that had hidden compartments, authorities said. At ground level, the two-story green-and-white hillside house in the Independencia section of Tijuana included a machine shop for assembling and repairing weapons. Parts...
  • Tijuana's new chief knows the cartel's killers are after him

    01/20/2008 8:42:56 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 15 replies · 78+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 20, 2008
    They've already shot up his house and gunned down three cops. He urges citizens to stand with him. TIJUANA -- The bullet holes pockmarking the walls of his home were just three days old when Alberto Capella Ibarra took over the police force of this violence-plagued city. Twenty gunmen dressed in black had swarmed his yard in the middle of the night, and he'd fought them off, firing an automatic rifle. Taking office Dec. 1 as the city's secretary for public security, Capella, a longtime activist, declared war on organized crime and challenged citizens to join him in the battle....
  • What Is Going On in Tiajuana?

    01/19/2008 12:37:15 PM PST · by basil · 18 replies · 117+ views
    vanity | 1-19-08 | basil
    Does anybody know what this is all about?Tiajuana
  • Police Find Executed Kidnapping Victims in Mexico

    01/18/2008 3:00:19 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 132+ views
    VOA News ^ | January 18, 2008
    Mexican authorities say they found the bodies of six kidnapping victims after hundreds of police fought a three-hour battle with gunmen in Tijuana. They say the victims were discovered tied up, gagged and shot execution-style in a house. One member of the Arellano Felix drug cartel was killed in Thursday's battle. Authorities also arrested four suspects - two of whom are police officers. Four police officers were injured in the gunbattle, which forced the evacuation of nearby schools. Mexican television showed people running for cover to escape the gunfire. The violence is the latest in the Mexican government's crackdown on...
  • Gun Battle Prompts Evacuations In Tijuana

    01/17/2008 6:47:12 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 15 replies · 4,883+ views
    NBC ^ | 1/17/08
    TIJUANA, Mexico -- A shootout with police in Tijuana on Thursday has prompted the evacuations of their City Hall and police headquarters, NBC 7/39 reported. Earlier in the day, more than 100 children were escorted at gunpoint out of their preschool by armed guards, following the gun battle in the Ermita neighborhood. Four people were injured as a result of the gunfire. As many as 1,500 Mexican authorities will be in Tijuana by the end of the week to get control over rioting drug gangs. Authorities in Mexico said they're responsible for the deaths of at least three police officers,...
  • 6 bodies found in Tijuana house after shootout

    01/18/2008 5:47:13 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies · 262+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | January 18, 2008
    TIJUANA, Mexico - Officials said they found six executed kidnapping victims inside a Tijuana house where gunmen took refuge Thursday during a chaotic three-hour shootout with soldiers and police. The victims, all male, were blindfolded and gagged and had been shot in the head, said Edgar Millan, a spokesman with the federal Public Safety Department, at a news conference in Tijuana. Soldiers, state and local police were sent in to help control the firefight that began when federal agents prepared to raid a house near the U.S. border that police now say was a shelter for a cell of the...
  • Threat Matrix: January 2008

    01/02/2008 8:53:38 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,340 replies · 9,982+ views
    Still in Control Pervez Musharraf was calm, confident and—despite a flurry of rumors—not about to announce his resignation. Instead, the Pakistani president's "concession" to his troubled nation was an announcement that he would allow Britain's Scotland Yard to help local law enforcement agencies with their investigation into last week's assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Speaking in a nationally televised address two hours after Pakistan's election commission announced the postponement of the ballot to Feb. 18, six weeks later than had been scheduled, Musharraf was notably deferential in his remarks about Bhutto, often invoking her "martyrdom" and extolling...
  • [Mexican]Shootings target police, families

    01/16/2008 2:16:54 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 160+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | January 16, 2008 | Sandra Dibble
    6 killed, 5 injured in three incidents TIJUANA – A high-ranking police commander, his wife and his 11-year-old daughter were among six people killed in a burst of overnight violence in Tijuana that has left residents shaken and law enforcement officials vowing to fight harder than ever against organized crime. The killings occurred in three parts of the city over six hours late Monday and early yesterday. By the time the violence was over, heavily armed men also had killed two other Tijuana police officers and a civilian, and wounded three adults, a 4-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. It...
  • Mexican police killed despite army surge near U.S.

    01/03/2008 3:32:55 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 260+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 3, 2008 | Lizbeth Diaz and Robin Emmott
    TIJUANA, Mexico, - Three Mexican police were abducted, killed and dumped on a heavily patrolled road near the U.S. border on New Year's Day despite an influx of troops in the area, the state attorney general's office said on Thursday. The policemen from the sprawling border city of Tijuana near San Diego, California -- one of them a senior city police officer -- were found wrapped in sheets outside the nearby beach town of Rosarito on a highway with several army checkpoints. "This looks like a response by organized crime to the military's increased presence here," said an official from...