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Baja California prosecutor Rommel Moreno said Friday that two Tijuana policemen killed in the last 2 1/2 weeks may have worked with drug traffickers and were killed with the same .45 caliber gun, El Mexicano reported Saturday. Jesús Alberto Hurtado
Estrada was killed March 28, while Tijuana policeman César López Camarena was shot to death in his patrol vehicle early Thursday.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Story, El Sol de Tijuana.
Three would-be migrants who said they were held captive by a man who told them he would help them cross the border illegally said they escaped from a home in the Valle Verde neighborhood in Tijuana, Mexican media reported. They were identified as Emilio Cruz Medina, 22, Víctor Artemio Gutiérrez Salinas, 21, and Víctor José Mariscal Martínez, 51. They said they were bound with tape, but that Gutiérrez broke free, untied the others and that they broke a second-story window to escape. All had cuts on their arms, Frontera reported. They said a man named Leonel had offered to get them across the border for $4,000 each. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Tijuana policeman César López Camarena was shot to death in his patrol vehicle early Thursday, Mexican media reported. Drugs were found in his vehicle. They included marijuana, what appeared to be cocaine, and what appeared to be crystal meth. There also was a U.S. woman's passport and seven different Mexican voter IDs. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Traffickers have been placing classified ads in Mexican newspapers to find drivers to smuggle drugs across the border, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says.
The ads, which seemed to advertise for legitimate work, apparently began in February of last year and 39 who said they answered the ads have been stopped by U.S. authorities, an ICE spokeswoman said. Seized were more than 1.5 tons of marijuana, 34 kilos of cocaine and 44 kilos of crystal meth and amphetamines. ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack told Frontera newspaper that ICE had placed ads in Mexican papers warning readers about the drug-trafficking ads. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, U-T San Diego.
Eight taxi drivers were killed in Guadalupe in Nuevo León state. The drivers apparently worked out of pirate taxi stands, Mexican media reported. Story, Frontera (PDF).
An ultralight used to smuggle drugs across the border was seized in the Ejido Chiapas III in the Mexicali Valley, authorities said. Officials said 32 kilos of marijuana and 900 grams of the synthetic drug "ice" were found. Weapons, ammunition and bulletproof vests also were seized.
They were found in an underground chamber under a basketball court, U-T San Diego reported.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, U-T San Diego.