Tijuana Surpassed 2,500 Registered Homicide Cases At The End Of 2018 As A Cartel Turf War Continues To Rage.
The state attorney general’s office reported the number of murder cases accounted for in 2018 reached 2,499 in the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve, according to local reporting. Later, police responded to report of a shooting in colonia Valla Verde and encountered an unknown 20-year-old male victim who was shot and killed by occupants in a black pickup who fled the area. Approximately 20 minutes later, police responded to a call in colonia San Martín where citizens discovered an unidentified male murder victim on a dirt road. He suffered multiple blunt force injuries and what appeared to be a puncture wound from an edged weapon. At 9:35 am, police and emergency personnel responded to colonia Las Torres, where a male murder victim was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head. The suspects reportedly were able to flee from the area.
The third case brought the total number of murder victims in Tijuana to 2,502 with 214 registered in December alone. The previous record high was set in 2017 with 1,780.
According to information released by the state attorney general’s office, approximately 85 percent of those killed are tied to the distribution of drugs or are daily users. The bloodshed is generally related to turf wars involving Cártel Tijuana Nueva Generación (CTNG)–aligned with El Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación–against the Sinaloa Cartel. In some areas, rival factions within the Sinaloa Cartel are fighting for control of the lucrative street-level markets and smuggling routes into the United States. – READ MORE