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One place where they still occur is in the huge
concrete lined flood control channel which splits Tijuana into
two pieces. Miscreants will make some effort to escape the Tijuana
authorities and head for the border.
These individuals will even drive their cars at high speed right
up the middle of the flood control channel with the authorities
in hot pursuit.
The U.S. Border Patrol placed concrete barriers
across the flood control channel right along the yellow line which
demarcates the border to stop these northward bound adventures.
Tijuana consists of a paved core which is surrounded
by barren barrios. The murder
rate in Tijuana is certainly not more than about 500 per year
(San Diego, California has a murder rate of less than 100 per
year). Of course, when is a body count an actual body count? This
is the number of people discovered on the street, in cars, in
houses, or mysteriously plopped at Tijuana’s city dump within
a dozen miles or so of city center. The 500 does not include the
vast numbers of “others” who find their way into shallow
graves scattered across the 10,000 square miles of desert sands
from Tijuana to the Sea of Cortez.
The gunfights are constant and the smell of cordite
wafts over the border. Here is
a report from Nuevo Laredo, where it all was caught on videotape.
Tijuana's violence is worse because Tijuana's
cartels have used belt fed .50 caliber machine guns and have fought
off special troops flown in from Mexico City. The violence is
more like Baghdad than what should be happening less than one
mile from the USA.
For example, six people were dragged from a house
in the Colonia of Guaycura and their bodies were later found scattered
in isolated areas near Tecate and Ensenada. In the Colonia of
El Sauzal, 19 people were ripped from their beds and then lined
up and machine gunned.
The city of Tijuana actually has a murder count
nearly equal to that of all Western Europe combined. The recent
political situation in Iraq averages 560 deceased Americans per
year which is about Tijuana's score.
There do seem to be certain issues with the Tijuana Police and
all were disarmed for a month. Mexico moved Federal Troops into
the city and all 2,300 Tijuana Police Department weapons were
forensically examined to attach "dead body" with "police
Unlike Nuevo Laredo, Mexican Army tanks have
not as yet encircled the town.
In Tijuana there are, on average, ten mysterious
events each year where policemen
have somehow ended their lives. This tragic situation includes
the unfortunate end of Federico Benitez Lopez, the Tijuana Chief
of Police. It is only a rumor but some speculate that the approximately
54 bullet holes in his body were simply an accidental discharge
of his personal revolver when his car was callously bumped at
a stop light.