USBP Today, Part 7
With The Cartel taking serious pressure at the
top of U.S. DEA’s Hit List, the lesser ranking drug organizations
are more active in the city. The Ismael “Mayo” Zambada
drug cartel is now taking control of certain segments of drug
operations in Tijuana. Violent Inter-Cartel clashes are certain
The editor of the Tijuana weekly paper Zeta,
Jesús Blancornelas, who was a close observer of the drug
trafficking groups actually survived being perforated by their
lead laden antipathy toward him. Not everyone at the newspaper
survives such encounters. Hector Felix Miranda, co-founder of
Zeta, was murdered by two Cartel gunmen. But there’s more.
Francisco Ortiz Franco, another editor of Zeta,
departed our world while sitting in his car with his children
(8, and 10) at his side when two youths wearing masks put four
bullets into his face. While the children were “unharmed”
they won’t forget “dead daddy” for a long, long
while. The murder occurred on a busy Tijuana street and only a
block from Baja California State Police offices.
Speaking about the violence and murder in Tijuana,
Governor of Baja California Eugenio Elorduy Walther said: “We
consider this a challenge to authority, but also a challenge to
Baja California society.”
Baja California Assistant Attorney General Rogelio
Delgado Neri downplayed all such scurrilous comments as being
“scurrilous comments.” Sr. Delgado even put the total
murder rate in Tijuana at “only” 261 a year.
But then Sr. Delgado was, and almost immediately,
blasted into the land of immortality while sitting at a popular
Do you have a minaret in your town?