January 27, 2008 |
An alleged drug cartel hit man who is among the suspects in the accidental slaying of a cardinal in 1993 was arrested in Tijuana, officials said. Alfredo Araujo Avila, known as "Popeye," allegedly worked for the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug cartel for more than two decades, an official said. Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo was shot dead while in his car at the Guadalajara airport. Investigators concluded that his car was mistaken for that of an Arellano Felix cartel rival.
January 18, 2008 |
Hundreds of police officers and soldiers waged a three-hour gun battle against heavily armed men here Thursday, as residents of a normally quiet neighborhood ran for their lives. One suspect was killed and six kidnapping victims were found dead after the shootout. Four police officers were injured as a monthlong crackdown on Tijuana's crime cartels escalated. The working-class neighborhood of La Mesa resembled a war zone.
January 16, 2008 |
Heavily armed men killed three senior police officers and six other people here hours after a foiled armored car robbery, the latest attacks apparently triggered by a crackdown on police corruption and organized crime. Since Dec. 1, when Mayor Jorge Ramos took office promising to battle drug cartels, five officers, including three deputy chiefs, have been fatally shot gangland-style.
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December 1, 2007 |
The Hall family was driving back to California on the foggy coastal highway when a car flashing red lights and blaring its siren pulled up behind them. A police shakedown, thought Debra Hall as her husband, Christopher, veered to the side of the dark road. Having made many trips to Baja California, they knew a payoff was just part of the price of a visit.
June 21, 2007 |
A Baja California electoral tribunal dealt a severe blow to the gubernatorial bid of Tijuana gambling tycoon Jorge Hank Rhon on Wednesday, annulling his candidacy seven weeks before the Mexican state's August election. Hank, the former mayor of Tijuana, was declared ineligible because a state law prohibits elected officials from running for office before completing their terms.
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June 12, 2007 |
The family of an American citizen who disappeared after apparently being mistakenly deported to Tijuana a month ago has filed suit asking the U.S. government to help find him. Pedro Guzman, 29, a Lancaster construction worker, is developmentally disabled and penniless, and he hasn't been heard from since May 11, said his family at a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday.
June 4, 2007 |
The two police forces eyed each other across the narrow downtown street. On one side of 8th Street, city cops formed a line in front of their headquarters. On the other, 30 masked state police officers dressed in black faced them, holding weapons. City police had detained two state agents for allegedly threatening the mayor's bodyguards. The state police had come to free the two. They marched forward and tried to shoulder their way inside the building.
April 19, 2007 |
Masked gunmen opened fire on police Wednesday at a large hospital as they searched for an accomplice wounded in an earlier gun battle, Mexican police and witnesses said. Two state police officers were killed in the attack, which forced the evacuation of hundreds of patients from the seven-story facility.
January 28, 2007 |
Police in this violent border city got their guns back Saturday, three weeks after they were forced to turn over weapons to federal authorities because of allegations that they were colluding with drug traffickers. Tijuana Public Safety Secretary Luis Javier Algorri said soldiers returned all 2,130 guns to his department. He planned to send a letter to the attorney general's office asking for the results of the investigation so he could clear up any doubts about his officers.
January 7, 2007 |
Coco, the cocaine-sniffing army dog, was certainly game, bounding in and out of cars Saturday at one of five military checkpoints set up on the main highways connecting this border city with the rest of Mexico. But for all his enthusiasm, the German shepherd mix found not a speck of illegal powder among the hundreds of vehicles pulled over for inspection. The pooch wasn't alone.