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Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Tijuana paper wonders what federal gendarmes are doing in Baja California

      An editorial in Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper on Saturday said 200 federal gendarmes have been in Baja California for weeks now — specifically in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada — and wondered what they were doing, exactly. gendarmes near toll road entrance   

     The new force is a fraction of what President Enrique Peña Nieto had originally planned, and its mission is unclear.

      On Friday, half a dozen vehicles carrying gendarmes were sitting where the Rosarito-Ensenada free road intersects with the highway headed into the Baja California wine country.

      Not long after, the gendarmes sped north to the Rosarito-Ensenada toll road and headed toward Rosarito.

      Observers recently wondered why gendarmes had been concentrated in Ensenada's tourist zone when other areas of the city suffer much higher crime rates.