A leading source for news and analysis about Mexico and the U.S.-Mexican border.
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.
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.