Tijuana has become one of the most violent cities not only in Mexico but in the world. As of August 14, it had 1,590 murders and unfortunately, the number continues to grow with each passing day.
The main reason for so many killings lies in organized crime, the territory is disputed by the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG), which merged with what was left of the Arellano Feliz to create the Tijuana Cartel New Generation.
As if that were not enough, this area faces violence inherited from police chiefs, who over the years have formed alliances with organized crime groups. Corporations such as the State Preventive Police (now defunct) or the Municipal Police, formed a protection network for organized crime bosses, which is why the number of police officers killed so far in 2021 has increased.
In previous years there has been an annual average of two thousand executions, unfortunately, this figure has not decreased and on the contrary could increase as it is believed that the year could close with 40% more deaths because so far no progress has been made to eradicate violence in the region and in the streets, there is still drug trafficking.
"One of the greatest evidence that the fight against drug distribution groups has not made a dent is that the price of drugs such as heroin and marijuana remains almost the same as a few years ago," said the director of the Binational Center for Human Rights, Victor Clark.
For his part, Juan Manuel Hernández Niebla, former president of the Citizen Council for Public Security, indicated that security strategies have not been able to reach the neighborhoods where there are the highest number of executions.
The cartel that used to rule the region was the Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Cartel (CAF). However, after their leaders were arrested or others were killed, the cartel weakened, so now the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG are disputing the region.