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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Criminal Deportations Fuel Border Crime Wave (Sob Story BS About Illegal Immigration Alert)

    12/18/2007 5:28:30 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 79+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 12/18/2007 | Noberto Santana Jr.
    Law enforcement officials on both sides of the border are seeing a crime wave fueled by U.S. deportation policies, which dump busloads of criminal immigrants in large groups at border cities like Tijuana. "Nobody saw this coming," said Tijuana's Mayor Kurt Honald, who has protested the dumping of criminals at the Tijuana gates. He says deportees have triggered a 300 percent rise in petty crime during the last year, as criminals raise money for a return to the U.S. Others join narcotics cartels and smuggling organizations to pay for their return. "They just go right back to the United States....
  • Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas Into Mexico

    12/17/2007 12:46:41 PM PST · by · 51 replies · 132+ views ^ | Dec. 17, 2007 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Border Patrol says its agents were attacked nearly 1,000 times during a one-year period along the Mexican border, typically by assailants hurling rocks, bottles and bricks. Now the agency is responding with tear gas and powerful, pepper-spray weapons, including firing into Mexico. The counteroffensive has drawn complaints that innocent families are being caught in the crossfire. "A neighbor shouted, 'Stop it! There are children living here," said Esther Arias Medina, 41, who on Wednesday fled her Tijuana, Mexico, shanty with her 3-week-old grandson after the infant began coughing from smoke that seeped through the walls....
  • Cameras Capture Conflict Along Border

    12/14/2007 4:49:33 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 488+ views
    NBC ^ | Dec. 14, 2007
    Agents' Defense Tactics Causing Controversy SAN YSIDRO -- The Border Patrol released photos Friday of attacks on agents that they say have led to the use of pepper spray and tear gas in Mexican border neighborhoods. Officials said that escalating violence at the U.S.-Mexico border is forcing agents to take new measures, and the new tactics are creating controversy. Since October 1, there have been 90 assaults against Border Patrol agents in the San Diego area, according to officials. The violence is most common just east of the San Ysidro port of entry along a 2-mile stretch of border, in...
  • The Dangers Of Crossing The Border

    11/19/2007 2:42:14 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 951+ views
    KFOX Morning News ^ | November 19, 2007 | Arleene Barrios
    EL PASO, Texas -- According to the U.S. State Department, crime in Mexico continues at high levels, and it is often violent, especially in Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, and Monterrey. Some Borderland residents said they do not cross the border for safety reasons. “I don't like to go. I rather stay here in the states where I know I'm safer,” said Crystal Villalba of the Lower Valley. “I don’t go because my parents don’t let me. They say, ‘You're going to die or they're going to kidnap you,’” said Miguel Zavala of Horizon. U.S. citizen who are...
  • Surfer's Baja Tale Is Warning To Others (American Tourists Robbed And Raped In Mexico)

    11/19/2007 11:16:35 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 131 replies · 2,820+ views ^ | November 19, 2007 | Terry Rodgers
    Surfer's Baja tale is warning to others Camping trip ended in robbery, assault By Terry Rodgers UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER November 19, 2007 Pat Weber didn't plan on being part of a crime trend that has generated worldwide buzz this past week, but he didn't have much choice. The Encinitas resident and surfing instructor got lost on a dirt road in Baja California last month while looking for a surfing spot called Cuatro Casas. He and his girlfriend decided to park for the night on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Just after sundown, two men wearing ski masks approached Weber's motor...
  • Armed men take body from Ensenada morgue

    11/15/2007 9:50:08 PM PST · by Defiant · 6 replies · 473+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 15, 2007 | By Anna Cearley
    Armed men take body from Ensenada morgue By Anna Cearley UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER 5:17 p.m. November 15, 2007 TIJUANA – Armed men burst into Ensenada's morgue Wednesday night and took the body of a man who died in a helicopter accident earlier this week. The group later killed two police officers who attempted to stop them. The dead man taken from the morgue was identified as Pablo Gonzalez. It'sunclear whether that's his real name or why such drastic measures were taken to recover his body. Mexican media reported he was a suspected member of the region's Arellano Felix drug cartel....
  • "Elvira Arellano Already Has Been Deported to Mexico" (Breaking) (TRANSLATION)

    08/19/2007 11:40:48 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 170 replies · 4,625+ views
    La Opinon (Translated to English) ^ | 20 August 2007 | La Opinion (Jorge Morales)
    (Babelfish) Flash: Elvira Arellano Already Has Been Deported To Mexico The activist pro immigrant Elvira Arellano already has touched Mexican soil. Towards the 10 p.m. was given by the agents of the Office of Control of Immigration and Customs (HOISTS) to civil employees of the Institute of National of Migracion (INM), revealed to La Opinion official...
  • Mayoral candidate is barred from race[Mexican born in the U.S.]

    06/29/2007 5:08:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 739+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | June 28, 2007 | Sandra Dibble
    Birth in L.A. sparks credentials question TIJUANA – A physician born into a prominent Tijuana family, long active in the city's Red Cross, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Jorge Astiazarán's credentials as a mayoral candidate would seem above reproach. Except for one small thing: He was born in Los Angeles. Yesterday, a Baja California electoral tribunal annulled Astiazarán's candidacy, saying he did not present a Mexican “certificate of nationality” in a timely fashion, as stipulated in Article 80 of the state constitution. Like thousands of others in Baja California and other northern Mexico border states, Astiazarán was born...
  • Hispanic leaders upset at radio station's campaign [700 WLW Cincinnati "The Big Juan"]

    05/08/2007 4:16:35 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies · 3,618+ views
    CINCINNATI - Hispanic leaders are demanding a public apology from a radio station that put up billboards showing a Mexican flag, a donkey, and a mustachioed man in a sombrero with the headline "The Big Juan." The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA complained that the advertising by WLW-AM stereotyped Hispanics. The community leaders said at a news conference Tuesday that they plan to meet with station executives to talk about sensitivity training and creating a multicultural community advisory board. WLW, which calls itself "The Big One," is the Cincinnati area's radio ratings leader. The Hispanic Chamber and the League of United...
  • Gunmen take hostages in Mexico hospital [2 dead]

    04/18/2007 1:37:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2007
    TIJUANA, Mexico — Armed men opened fire and took people hostage at a hospital in this northern border city Wednesday, an apparent attempt to free a prisoner. Two people were killed, including a security guard and one of the attackers, police said. Authorities were attempting to evacuate personnel and other patients from the facility, Red Cross official Fernando Esquer said. Esquer said some hostages had been taken, but he did not know how many. He said the attack was related to the arrival earlier in the day of a Tijuana prison inmate who was receiving a standard medical procedure. Police...
  • No-bid U.S. contract for Mexican sewage plant raises eyebrows (Tijuana)

    02/25/2007 1:30:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 718+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/25/07 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    When it rains in this border town, toxic goo from Mexican slums and factories flows down the Tijuana River onto U.S. soil. It winds through tidal marshes and ends up in the Pacific Ocean, closing the beach to swimmers and diehard surfers 198 days last year. The U.S. government found a novel fix: pay a private developer an estimated $700 million to build and manage a treatment plant in Tijuana, Mexico. If the plant sells recycled water to thirsty Mexican factories, U.S. taxpayers will get some of their money back. Ground has not yet broken and the 7-year-old agreement between...
  • Mexican federal officials return guns to disarmed Tijuana police officers

    01/27/2007 4:32:59 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 368+ views
    TIJUANA, Mexico: The police got their guns back on Saturday in this violent border city three weeks after they were forced to turn over weapons to federal authorities on allegations of collusion with drug traffickers. Tijuana Public Safety Secretary Luis Javier Algorri said soldiers returned all 2,130 guns to his department. He planned to send a letter to the attorney general's office asking for the results of the investigation so he can clear up any doubts about his officers. No one from the attorney general's office was available for comment Saturday. The officers handed in their guns Jan. 4 after...
  • Police in Tijuana issued sling shots (and bags of ball bearings)

    01/22/2007 11:30:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 733+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | AP
    TIJUANA, Mexico - The police department has issued about 60 slingshots to officers in the violent border city of Tijuana, where soldiers confiscated police weapons two weeks ago on allegations of collusion with drug traffickers. Municipal police spokesman Fernando Bojorquez said Monday that the slingshots, along with bags of ballbearings, were given to officers patrolling areas of the city visited by tourists. Tijuana's police force of 2,000 officers has been without guns since Jan. 5, but some patrol alongside armed state police. President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 soldiers and federal police to Tijuana at the beginning of January to hunt...
  • Mexicans Flee Tijuana for U.S.

    01/09/2007 11:42:37 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 65 replies · 2,330+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 9, 2007 | Elliot Spagat
    Mexicans Flee Tijuana for U.S. Jan 09 2:28 PM US/Eastern By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Writer CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) -- A border city that has long watched illegal immigrants pass through on their way to low-wage jobs up north is increasingly welcoming a very different kind of arrival: wealthy Mexicans seeking refuge from kidnappings and other violence. Francisco Villegas Peralta is among the new residents of Chula Vista, where new boulevards run past gated communities and trendy malls. He said he knew he had to get out of Tijuana, Mexico, one July morning when three SUVs trailed him from...
  • Unarmed police in Tijuana receive wave of death threats

    01/09/2007 5:10:51 AM PST · by radar101 · 6 replies · 331+ views
    S D Union ^ | 09 JAN 2007 | Luis Perez
    TIJUANA, Mexico – Police in the violent border city of Tijuana have received a wave of death threats on their radios since soldiers sent to restore order in the city took their guns away, officials said Monday. President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 soldiers and federal police to Tijuana last week to hunt down drug gangs. The soldiers swept police stations and took officers' guns for inspection on Thursday amid allegations by federal investigators that a corrupt network of officers supports smugglers who traffic drugs into the United States. The soldiers have not said when they will return the guns. Tijuana...
  • Disarmed Tijuana cops ordered back to work (without firearms, only state and fed. police have them)

    01/06/2007 11:23:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 634+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/6/07 | Sandra Dibble and Greg Gross
    TIJUANA – Though stripped of their weapons, the 2,300 members of the local police force were ordered back to work yesterday, and returned to answering calls for help across this sprawling city with assistance from state and federal agencies. For now, the unarmed municipal officers are relying on their armed counterparts to respond to risky situations, according to the city's public safety director, Luis Javier Algorri Franco. But across Tijuana, officers were investigating accidents, directing traffic and responding to a variety of nonviolent situations. President Felipe Calderón's administration ordered the disarming of the entire police force Thursday as part of...
  • Tijuana police abandon posts

    01/05/2007 9:45:55 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 21 replies · 751+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/5/07 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
    The municipal police force in this troubled border city walked off the job Thursday after soldiers and federal agents ordered its members to turn over their weapons in connection with homicide investigations. The surprising turn of events came two days after Mexican President Felipe Calderon dispatched 3,300 federal troops and police to the city in an effort to combat violence linked to drug cartels. Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon acknowledged in a radio interview Thursday that local and state police were being compromised by narco-traffickers, and he said government salaries could not compete with the financial rewards offered by drug...
  • Tijuana police force ordered to turn in guns

    01/04/2007 9:09:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 1,280+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/4/07 | Sandra Dibble
    TIJUANA – The city's entire 2,300-member municipal police force has been ordered to turn in its weapons, leaving doubt Thursday about who would be patrolling this city of more than 1.5 million residents. The surprise directive from Mexico's Defense Secretariat comes a day after President Felipe Calderon ordered Operation Tijuana, a major offensive against organized crime in the city. More than 3,000 soldiers and federal agents are being sent to the city with the aim of tackling the city's crime problems. Federal officials were expected to conduct ballistics tests on the weapons, apparently to see if they could link any...
  • Murder spree in Tijuana after US authorities detain suspected drug kingpin

    11/12/2006 10:43:39 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 31 replies · 3,377+ views
    Fox News "Weekend Live" | Nov 12, 2006 | Adam Housley
    A murder spree began in Tijuana, Mexico shortly after American authorities detained suspected drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Félix last August. In September, 44 people were killed, including 5 police officers. Police say the killings are the result of internal strife within the drug cartels, as those in the organizations kill anyone in their way and fight for the power that was vacated upon Arellano Félix's arrest. The killings dropped a bit in October but have since intensified with 11 homicides in the first week of November. The violence has prompted the city's Secretary of Public Security, Luis Javier Algorri...
  • Mexican policeman killed in 2nd attempt

    11/11/2006 6:32:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 538+ views ^ | Nov. 11, 2006
    MEXICO CITY - A district police chief in the border city of Tijuana was shot and killed a day after surviving another attempt on his life, Mexican media reported on Saturday. Hector Gaxiola, chief of one of the city's nine police districts, was found shot to death in a vacant lot on Friday, newspapers reported. On Thursday, he had survived another shooting attack in which he was grazed by a bullet. The body of another man, identified by the Tijuana newspaper El Mexicano as Gaxiola's brother, was found next to him. Both had been shot dozens of times. Tijuana officials...
  • Mexico promises corrupt-cop roundup

    08/30/2006 2:20:10 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 26 replies · 968+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 30 August 2006 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general said the arrest a group of corrupt cops along the border with California is imminent. Daniel Cabeza de Vaca told a Mexico City news conference today the cops protected a Tijuana cartel, the Arellano Felix gang, which smuggled tons of pot, cocaine and meth into the United States. Two were already arrested Saturday and charged with taking bribes to protect the gang. The attorney general said they worked at the Rosarito police department just over the border from San Diego border. The two are accused of decapitating three of their fellow officers. The news...
  • Mexico vows crackdown on Tijuana police after drug arrests (many involved w/Felix drug gang)

    08/23/2006 1:28:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 481+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/23/06 | Ioan Grillo - ap
    Mexico's attorney general said Wednesday there will be a wave of arrests of corrupt police on the Mexico-California border following an investigation into a network of officials protecting the Arellano Felix drug trafficking gang, whose alleged leader awaits trial in the United States. Daniel Cabeza de Vaca told a news conference that the network protected the so-called Tijuana cartel as it smuggled tons of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine over the border to U.S. consumers. The corrupt officers also killed honest colleagues, decapitating three fellow officers in June, he said. "These criminal groups, especially the Tijuana cartel, depend on the support...
  • Mexico Matures

    08/19/2006 12:13:22 PM PDT · by Bangupjob · 12 replies · 910+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 August 2006 | Staff
    War On Drugs: While not the end of the tale, the crushing of the Javier Arellano Felix drug cartel is a victory that should be played up. By itself, the arrest is satisfying. Better still, it shows the U.S. can work with Mexico. That wasn't the case when Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was murdered by drug traffickers in Guadalajara in 1985. Back then, Mexican authorities threw roadblocks at apprehending drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who was a leading member of the group that kidnapped, tortured and killed the agent. Mexican police told...
  • Mexico investigates street gangs for beheadings on border

    06/23/2006 9:22:05 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 17 replies · 2,685+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 23 June 2006 | Staff
    Mexico City, Jun 23 (EFE).- The Mexican Attorney General's Office is investigating the possible responsibility of Central American street gangsters for the decapitation this week of four people in the area along the U.S. border. "At this time there is a very recent investigation of a similar occurrence in Guerrero (state)," the head of the SIEDO narcotics division of the AG's Office, Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, said in a press conference. "And this is the kind of violence and brutality that are characteristic of these gangs - so logic tells us that an individual or a group of them could...
  • Beheaded bodies of 3 cops found in northern Mexico

    06/21/2006 4:28:02 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 61 replies · 2,790+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 21 June 2006 | Staff
    Tijuana, Mexico, Jun 21 (EFE).- The decapitated bodies of four people, including three police officers, were found Wednesday in northern Mexico near the U.S. border, authorities said. The four individuals went missing Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning their bodies were found wrapped in blankets in the Pacific coast city of Rosarito and their heads in bags in Tijuana, said Rosarito police chief Valente Montijo. He identified the dead as police officers Ismael Arellano Torres, Jesus Hernandez and Adrian Ventura, and civilian Fernando Aguilar, a Mexican-American resident of Arizona. According to Montijo, the cops and the other man - who...
  • Fox in Tijuana: 'Walls are not the solution'

    05/19/2006 10:02:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 1,697+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/19/06 | Sandra Dibble
    TIJUANA – They were just miles away but worlds apart, two presidents grappling with the thorny issue of illegal immigration from opposite sides of the fence. As President Bush swung through southern Arizona yesterday, Mexican President Vicente Fox traveled to his country's northern border, speaking out against U.S. proposals for strict immigration enforcement. “Walls are not the solution,” Fox said after sharing lunch with a group of factory workers in Tijuana. “And neither is the National Guard.” Fox took advantage of his visit to two of Mexico's largest border cities – Tijuana and Mexicali – to signal his opposition to...
  • Osama's exploits south of border

    05/09/2006 11:13:40 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 21 replies · 1,323+ views
    WND ^ | 10 May 2006 | Gordon Thomas
    LONDON – Britain's secret intelligence service, MI6, has established the first proof al-Qaida is playing a major role in the new Cold War between North and South America – with Osama bin Laden's terror network seeing itself in league with Mexican subversives in infiltrating the U.S. border. The evidence emerged as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez swash-buckled into London after scoring a win in yet another venomous battle with Washington for influence and economic advantage across the Latin American continent. Chavez is in London to meet the capital's anti-Bush mayor, Ken Livingstone, and other prominent British opponents of the war in...
  • Tijuana protest closes busy border crossing in San Diego

    05/01/2006 3:35:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,486+ views
    Several hundred protesters in Tijuana, Mexico blocked vehicle traffic heading to San Diego on Monday, turning the world's busiest border crossing into an empty parking lot. U.S. authorities responded by closing the metal barriers in front of vehicle inspection lanes for "security purposes" about 1 p.m. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which links Tijuana with San Diego. However, Angelica De Cima, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs Service, which runs the port, stressed that the port remained open to the few vehicles that were able to make it through the crowd. "We are there to do our law...
  • Van crashes after crossing wrong-way across San Diego border (The Invasion continues.. 55 people!)

    05/01/2006 3:33:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 1,841+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/1/06 | Thomas Watkins - ap
    A van packed with 55 people and equipped with specially-modified tires drove the wrong-way across the U.S.-Mexico border early Monday and struck an oncoming vehicle before coming to a halt a short time later on a major freeway, officials said. There were no immediate reports of any injuries in what appeared to be the latest in a series of smuggling attempts by drivers who take enormous risks in vans crowded with illegal immigrants. The blue Ford XLT 350 van drove north at 3 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which links Tijuana, Mexico with...
  • Cab owner details abduction in S.D., escape in Tijuana

    04/16/2006 8:34:16 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 623+ views ^ | 4 14 06 | Anna Cearley
    José Luis Cano was back at work driving his taxicab this week after surviving a kidnapping that started in San Diego and ended when he escaped the same day from a Tijuana house where he was being held. “It's difficult to describe how I feel,” he said. “I felt powerless, I felt fearful, and when I was in the house I focused on observing and listening to everything so I could get away.” Two men were arrested after Cano escaped and reported the crime to Mexican authorities. It's been a particularly busy week for kidnapping investigators on both sides of...