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Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

Incomplete drug tunnel found in Mexicali; former head of Baja California state police slain in Guerrero state

       A drug tunnel headed toward the U.S. border was found in Mexicali on Saturday following a tip.
       Also, the former head of the Baja California state police, who had become police chief of a city in Morelos state, was slain along with an aide in Guerrero state. Justo
Buenaventura Jaimes Villareal, a former army major, had only been police chief of Amacuzac four days when he and Carlos Bahena Martínez were slain on the highway between Amacuzac and Iguala. Amacuzac is close to the Guerrero border and not far from Puente de Ixtla, Morelos, and Taxco, Guerrero.    
       Jaimes Villareal became head of the Baja California state police in December 2007 but was forced out in July 2008 for irregularities, including the controversial firing of a gun in the Mexicali restaurant Pampas that month, the firing of a rifle of his office, and improper use of a state police helicopter. In the restaurant shooting, the then-head of the Second Military Region, Sergio Aponte, was present and was at first blamed, and this apparently was part of the reason for Aponte's departure from the post the next month.
      The 40-meter, incomplete drug tunnel headed toward the U.S. border was found on Avenida Madero between Bravo and México streets in Mexicali's historic center. Frontera reported that Carlos Alberto Hernández Montero, 39, was detained.
Stories in Frontera on the tunnel and Jaimes Villareal killing (PDF).
Zeta's story about the July 2008 Mexicali restaurant shooting.
Baja California get new military commander

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

6 in family of toy merchants killed in Ecatepec; 27 killed elsewhere, including 12 by the military in Zacatecas

        Six members of a family of toy merchants returning from a street market in Tultitlán were killed around 3 a.m. Thursday in Ecatepec, El Universal reported. The family of four men and two women, returning in two vehicles from the market, were intercepted by armed men in two vehicles. The armed men drove off in a vehicle containing toys the merchants were planning to sell. 
       Elsewhere in Mexico, at least 27 other people were killed. They included six in Chihuahua's Sierra Tarahumara region; five in Durango; four in Torreón; and 12 killed by the military in Río Grande, Zacatecas.
       Stories in Frontera (PDF).

Tijuana suffers first bank robbery of year

Once a bank-robbery capital, city only had 8 bank robberies last year, and suspects were caught in 6 of them

      Tijuana had its first bank robbery of the year on Thursday, as a Banorte at the intersection of Díaz Ordaz Boulevard and Mariscal Sucre at Plaza Los Olivos in La Mesa district was hit. The bank is not far from the Rodríguez Dam in eastern Tijuana.
      Last month, authorities said bank robberies in Tijuana had dropped 91%, Frontera reported (PDF). There were eight bank robberies last year, and suspects were arrested in six of them. Thursday's bank robbery was the first in the city since September.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Duarte Múgica leaving as Baja California military commander, to be succeeded by Gen. Gilberto Hernández Andreu, who has been arresting meth producers in Jalisco

Also, Gen. Gilberto Landeros Briseño of the Second Military Zone in Tijuana is being succeeded by Gen. Gabriel García Rincón

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Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

Tijuana ends 2012 with 362 murders, 23% fewer than in 2011

     Tijuana ended 2012 with 362 murders, 23% fewer than in 2011, Frontera newspaper reported. There were 469 in 2011.

     Frontera said the month with the most killings was January, with 47. The paper said January usually is the month with the most homicides.      

     The 2011 murder toll was Tijuana's lowest since 2007. The highest total in a year was 2008, with 844.

     The paper quoted state prosecutor Abel Galván Gallardo as saying 80% of the homicides were attributed to small-scale drug dealing.

     Statewide, there were 643 homicides in 2012, a drop of 16% from the 761 recorded in 2011. While Mexicali and Ensenada recorded increases, Rosarito and Tecate saw major drops (see table below).      

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2012
Tijuana slayings 47 23 30 31 31 37 26 25 34 24 34 20 362
Source: Frontera (PDF).
Year Tijuana murders Mexicali murders Ensenada murders Rosarito murders Tecate murders BC murders
2012 362 164 63 31 23 643
2011 469 153 55 53 31 761
%
rise/
fall
-23% +7% +14.5% -41.5% -26% -16%
 
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Tijuana slayings 339 387 313 516 412 337 844 664 817 470 362
% rise/ fall - +14% -19% +65% -20% -18% +150% -21% +23% -42% -23%
Source: Frontera (PDF).

Update, Jan. 5: Frontera story on Ensenada's killings in 2012. Story (PDF).

 
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

FRONTERA's INSECURITY BAROMETER

1 slaying, 37 vehicle thefts in Tijuana for week

       Frontera newspaper reported that there was one violent death during the week ending Dec. 30. There also were 37 vehicle thefts and 41 arrests involving drug possession. Frontera's Insecurity Barometer.

        

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
Dec. 31 1
Dec. 17, 24 No Insecurity Barometer
Dec. 10 6
Dec. 3 3
Nov. 26 6
Nov. 19 3
Nov. 12 4
Nov. 5 2
Oct. 29 1
Oct. 22 5
Oct. 15 no Insecurity Barometer
Oct. 8 2
Oct. 1 2
Sept. 24 2
Sept. 17 6*
Sept. 10 9
Sept. 3 0
Aug. 27 2
Aug. 20 4
Aug. 13 2
Aug. 6 0
July 30 3
July 23 1
July 16 4
July 9 2
July 2 page did not run
June 25 4
June 18 3
June 11 5
June 4 3
May 28 9
May 21 3
May 14 2
May 7 3
April 30 6
April 23 0
April 16 page did not run
April 9 6
April 2 7
March 26 1
March 19 3
March 12 0
March 5 9
Feb. 27 5
Feb. 20 2
Feb. 13 1
Feb. 6 1
Total 143 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15, July 1, Oct. 14 and Dec. 16 and 23

Tijuana had reported 362 homicides for the year, a far higher total than that obtained by adding up the numbers in Frontera's weekly count.

* The six deaths listed appear to be low as two stories mentioning seven violent deaths ran at the bottom of the page.

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