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Mexican Drug Violence: 549 Homicides reported in first three months of 2018 in border city of Tijuana

April 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Drug Violence: 549 Homicides reported in first three months of 2018 in border city of Tijuana

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Cartel-related violence in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, Baja California continues to escalate at an alarming rate so far this year with 549 murder recorded in the first three months.

Authorities reported a total of 184 slayings were registered in March, according to the Weekly Zeta.

Baja California’s Attorney General’s Office says one of the biggest underlying issues is that most of the murders committed in the city often go unsolved.

Of 132 homicides this year, only five have led to arrests with a total of 11 suspects apprehended.

The bloodshed proceeds despite the deployment of 400 members of the Mexican Army there to combat cartel violence engulfing the once-popular tourist area.

Tijuana is located on the U.S. border with California, roughly 17 miles south of San Diego. In 2016 and 2017, Tijuana recorded 910 and 1,734 homicides, respectively.

The cartel violence in Tijuana has been attributed to a resurgence of remnants from the Arellano Félix Organization, which is now working under the name the Tijuana Cartel/New Generation (CTNG) loyal to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

These two groups are involved in a turf war with the Sinaloa Cartel. In some neighborhoods, rival groups within the Sinaloa Cartel are fighting for control of the lucrative drug territories and valuable smuggling routes leading into the U.S.

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