Investigators reported several 9mm shell casings next to the deceased. At 6am a man’s body was found dumped in the eastern neighbourhood of Emperadores. The rudimentary corpse register is far from foolproof. By subscribing, you can support our efforts to provide a greater variety of news and stories from Mexico. Since 2008, Tijuana’s average annual murder rate has been closer to 700, and has swung wildly according to the vicissitudes within the local criminal landscape. Credit: Fiscalia General Estado de Baja California, Coronado Bridge illuminated with new lights this week including special Veterans Day salute, Eta weakens again to a tropical storm as Florida prepares for 2nd hit, Olympic leaders raise hopes for Tokyo Games with fans in attendance, NBA approves 72-game season starting Dec. 22, Garden Grove couple goes missing in Tijuana. The cause of their death is still being investigated by Mexican authorities, but they believe the date of the deaths was January 10 - the day the couple was reported missing. “It is out of control.”. Simultaneously Calderón also began pursuing the so-called “kingpin strategy” by which authorities sought to decapitate the cartels by targeting their leaders. Tijuana Homicides by Month (Official Statistics) January – 220. The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of the most strategically important Mexico border cities for trafficking drugs into the United States. Available for everyone, funded by readers. When Andrés Manuel López Obrador became Mexico’s president last December he vowed to “pacify” one of Latin America’s most violent nations by waging war on the social roots of crime. Officials said the agent attempted to arrest the individual, which led to a confrontation ending with the agent opening fire. TIJUANA, Baja California — A Garden Grove couple reported missing in Tijuana is believed to have been found dead, and the couple's son-in-law was arrested, according to … Last month Mexico’s security chief, Alfonso Durazo, claimed the crisis was reaching “inflection point” – only for his upbeat message to be imploded by a week of mayhem which saw cartel gunmen slay 13 police officers and then paralyze a major city in order to free the son of Mexico’s most famous drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. “You couldn’t go out because you were scared of what might happen,” recalled Dora Elena Cortés, a local journalist whose Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias chronicled the butchery. Santiago could face kidnapping and murder charges, Mexican authorities said. Outside Tijuana’s general hospital a bullet-riddled people-carrier bore witness to the latest gunfight. AMLO’s austerity mindset means Mexico may repair only 90 of 2,000+ at-risk bridges. As for U.S. cities on the list: St Louis was No. There were 633 homicides in the Baja California border city between January and April, according to the National Public Security System, compared to 481 in the first four months of 2018. Photocopied photographs of Jonathan Zavala, a 25-year-old man who was murdered and dismembered by a criminal gang in June last year, were included in the “books of death” for more than seven months. Cartels issue threat against governor of San Luis Potosí, Arroz con leche varies with each Mexican grandmother who makes it, Guerrero announces stricter Covid measures ahead of Christmas holidays, Chinese Covid vaccine trials to be expanded to five more states, Source says one of Interjet’s new investors has pulled out, compared to photos taken in Nazi extermination camps. Calderón hoped to smash the drug cartels with his heavily militarized onslaught but the approach was counter-productive and exacted a catastrophic human toll. April – 184. “We have too many bodies here,” morgue director César González Vaca told the newspaper Milenio. “These deaths aren’t about the fight for control of the routes into the US. Investigators reported recovering at least one .45 caliber shell casing at the scene. Many of these pushers are targets of rip-crews looking for cash and drugs. “The state has lost control,” said Victor Clark, a security expert and activist based in the city. The cartel war in Tijuana continues with homicides topping 1,101 for 2019 (217 in June). The chief of the Federal Electricity Commission and the governor traded barbs on Tuesday over who is responsible for severe flooding. In a country with nearly 100 murders a day President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to tackle the social roots of crime but change is slow to come, Mon 4 Nov 2019 04.00 EST All rights reserved. The dominant cartel group in Tijuana is the Sinaloa cartel branch run by the Arzate Garcia brothers, Rene (aka "La Rana") and Alfonso (aka "El Aquiles"). Guerrero announces stricter Covid measures ahead of Christmas holidays. they didn’t look anything like him,” Marcos Zavala said. – An armed attack at a drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, a town in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, left at least 24 dead and seven wounded on Wednesday, local … Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting. “I started asking around in funeral parlors to find out how much they’d charge me to remove him and they wanted around 50,000 pesos [US $2,600], 5,000 for each body that was above my son and another 5,000 to get him out,” he said. Initially, Santiago told authorities he had dropped the couple off at the border but evidence gathered by Mexican authorities contradicted his testimony. For residents of Boulevard Fundadores, where Tijuana’s public mortuary is located, change cannot come fast enough. He advised other people searching for their loved ones to “open your eyes very wide” – especially when looking through the “books of death.”. June – 217. Amlo also pledged to chair daily 6am security meetings and create a 60,000 strong "National Guard". In January, the reality faced by the morgue was shown starkly in a photograph that circulated on social media. An autopsy will determine the cause of death. The headlines come in day after day in a steady rhythm of violence, and the photos are worse than the headlines. stretchers, cold room equipment and especially personnel and software that helps us to [provide] attention to families that come to look for their disappeared relatives,” González said. The bloodshed is generally related to a bitter turf war involving Cártel Tijuana Nueva Generación (CTNG), aligned with El Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación, against the Sinaloa Cartel. Thieves stole the large, reproductive-age black and green iguanas from their cages at a sanctuary in Juchitán. Morgue designed for 100 has 230. But nearly a year later there is scant sign of progress, as the country reels from a series of humiliating high-profile attacks and murder statistics surge to levels not seen even during the darkest days of Felipe Calderón’s 2006-2012 “war on drugs”. In the first nine months of this year, Mexico suffered an average of close to 100 murders a day. “We can’t open our windows.”. . Earlier this week, Breitbart Texas reported about 18 homicides recorded in the Tijuana metropolitan area in less than a 24-hour period. Both sustained multiple wounds in a residential courtyard. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. . THE STORY: When first responders arrived they encountered a fearful scene: the victim slumped backwards in a black swivel chair, her arms flopping downwards towards a pool of blood as if she had been caught completely by surprise. TIJUANA, Mexico (Border Report) — Crime figures recently released by the Baja California State Police reveal that Tijuana has experienced a high number of murders … In 2018, St. Louis was No. Authorities said Santiago tried to use the couple's credit cards. Eleven Jalisco police officers have been arrested on charges of the forced disappearance of eight people since 2018. 23; and Detroit was No. A year earlier, when Tijuana got the same designation as the “most violent city in the world,” it had 138 murders per 100,000 residents. . But by day two the slaughter had resumed. Tijuana police said they will double down on efforts to make sure the homicide numbers in 2019 are lower than those in 2018, the news outlet Seminario … Police were busy yesterday in the northern border state of Baja California, where at least 18 bodies were found, the victims of homicide. “She was a decent girl, a good-looking girl – she was always smiling,” said her longtime boyfriend’s father as shellshocked relatives gathered outside and crime scene officers prepared to transport Rojas’s body to the city’s overburdened morgue. According to Ortega, the second most violent city in the world is Ciudad Juarez south of the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. González acknowledged that the image was “chilling” but added that it was also “real.”. González, a López Obrador ally, claimed that had not happened in several years and voiced frustration the media had ignored the achievement. Police officers’ aggression against a women’s protest in Cancún Monday has cost two officials their jobs. “Corruption is the mother of all evils, because it affects everything,” González said. The next four years offer Presidents Biden and López Obrador an exceptional opportunity to tackle global warming and the loss of biodiversity. The Guardian’s week had an unusually peacefully start, with not a single murder recorded in the first 24 hours, according to the newly elected mayor, Arturo González Cruz. Investigators responded to the area after receiving a 911 call and found a male murder victim of approximately 20-25 years. . He eventually found out in February that Jonathan’s remains had been buried in a common mass grave shortly after arriving at the morgue, a fate that befalls most unidentified bodies. Tijuana’s morgue – equipped to store 100 bodies – is currently holding 230. As Mexico’s military went on the offensive, the body count sky-rocketed to new heights and tens of thousands were forced from their homes, disappeared or killed. According to authorities, Santiago was deported to Mexico after being arrested in 2012 and serving time behind bars for theft. “The cartels rely on militias that have all the freedom to murder, kidnap and steal knowing authorities won’t do anything.”. In some areas of the city, rival factions or gangs aligned within the Sinaloa Cartel are fighting among each other for control of the lucrative street-level markets and smuggling routes into the United States. Killings were counted into the final hours of June, according to local reports. The totals are slightly down in comparison to 2018 when 1,201 deaths were registered in the first six months. . Hugs and bullets: the battle to pacify Mexico, Mexico in the drug war: ‘A cemetery of bodies with no story, and stories with no body’. Under Calderón’s successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, the government’s rhetoric on crime softened as Mexico sought to shed its reputation as the headquarters of some the world’s most murderous mafia groups. Tijuana has seen a methamphetamine-fuelled murder epidemic which produced a record 2,518 murders … One of the bodies was identified as a male and are working to determine the sex of the second body. That appeared to be what was at stake on the night of 8 October when dozens of heavily armed police descended on a petrol station after a drive-by shooting left four men injured, one critically. “An accident,” a police investigator snapped, shooing reporters away as forensic science officers marked each of the entry holes with white cards marked A-K. Violence in the state has cost the lives of as many as 1,476 people between January and June, with 60% of the violent murders being reported in the border city of Tijuana. “It was an era of great psychological terror.”. López Obrador, or Amlo as most call him, vowed to attack the social roots of crime, offering vocational training to more than 2.3 million disadvantaged young people at risk of being ensnared by the cartels.
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