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Mexican Army dispatched to Tijuana to quell spiraling cartel violence

February 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Army dispatched to Tijuana to quell spiraling cartel violence Photo: Sintesis

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A total of 400 Mexican Army troops were dispatched to Tijuana to assist in combatting the ongoing cartel violence that is engulfing the once-popular tourist hot spot.

Gabriel García Rincón, the Commander of the II Military Region, revealed that 400 military members arrived in Tijuana, Baja California, to help local officials responsible with security and the fight against criminal groups, who are responsible for the out of control cartel violence engulfing the border city.

This disclosure was made during a Day of the Army celebration. Information from social media said that military patrols have started in the most impacted areas where local police officers have been overwhelmed and are unable to prevent daily murders between rival cartels.

Commander Gabriel García Rincón said: “Our troops are working to prevent drugs from reaching our children and our youth.”

Sources within the government told El Debate that the Mexican Army will be working with municipal and state police with the intention of bringing a stop to the turmoil that has terrorized this city.

The Mexican military were seent to reinforce security in the border city of Tijuana

Francisco Rueda Gómez, the Secretary-General of Governance for Baja California, highlighted that the security arrangement would also include members from the State Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Federal Police.

Tijuana’s mayor, Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro, said during a recent news conference that they are having severe difficulty in police recruiting for qualified candidates capable of passing the required background checks.

He noted that he was going to speak with the Secretary-General of Governance for the state to determine a solution for the problem. Gastélum Buenrostro added that he was not going to request lower security standards but instead alter the physical requirements which have eliminated numerous qualified candidates. The background check challenge has spread across the country.

In 2017, Tijuana recorded 1,734 murders–surpassing the 910 that occurred in 2016.

The murder rate continues to increase as rival cartels fight for control of key trafficking territories and street-level distribution. The increase can be attributed to the conflict between the Sinaloa Cartel and their one-time ally, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).

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