2013 brings a spike in Tijuana violence

I visited TJ back in March for a few days and I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. My friends who live there, though, corroborate this story. They tell me that things have gotten worse since I called the city my home in 2011.

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More than 250 people have been killed in Tijuana so far in 2013. That’s a 25 percent increase compared to the same time span last year.

Between Monday and Tuesday of this week, localauthorities registered seven homicides.

The spike comes shortly after American judicial authorities in San Diego declared the end of the Arellano-Felix drug trafficking organization. The Arellano-Felix group had ruled the drug trade in Tijuana and fueled much of the violence there.

But other traffickers have moved in to take over the business. Experts say the powerful Sinaloa cartel now largely controls the area. But it’s using a different method, said Tijuana journalist Vicente Calderón.

More can be read via San Diego’s KPBS.

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