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.


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.


One thought on “2013 brings a spike in Tijuana violence

  1. I am tired just to hear time and time again about violence in Tijuana and in Mexico, i had live in that same “colonia “(neighborhood) for most of my life, it is as quiet as it was in 1995 or 1999 ,2011 or 2014…Media for some reason that i am still trying to figure out why, but they love to prey on this type of news, i guess it sells newspapers. Or perhaps it has a hidden agenda. If you had a chance to live here then you know that we do not dodge bullets and there is no war going on.

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