Violence In Northern Mexico Has Americans On Alert Along Border

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Friday night’s warning by the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana that Americans in the northwest Mexican city should “seek secure shelter” due to rampant violence south of San Diego has put law enforcement officials and communities on alert on both sides of the 2,000-mile U.S. / Mexico border.

The Consulate warning in Tijuana came on the heels of significant cartel violence the day before in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso. It is a situation border sheriffs, including Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, are closely following as the violence could spread quickly to Mexican border communities along Arizona.

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“These Criminal Transnational Organization working along our southern border thrive off violence, greed and fear to accelerate their criminal ways,” Dannels told Arizona Daily Independent. “Cochise County law enforcement and my office will continue to stay attentive working with intelligence experts at all levels in protection and public safety awareness for our citizens.”

It is unclear if Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to begin filling in border wall gaps near Yuma on Friday was motivated by intelligence reports. But the project slated to be completed Monday will significantly reduce the options for cartels involved in smuggling drugs and people into Arizona.

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Dannels, like Ducey, puts the blame for the volatile situation along the southwest border directly at the feet of President Joe Biden and his administration.

“Over the last 18 months, the cartels continue to exploit our southern border based on an open border practice-policy by those in Washington D.C.’s leadership,” Dannels said. “This intellectual neglect has increased violence on both sides of our border that only serves to promote fear and unrest for our citizens.”

For now, the active cartel violence remains hundreds of miles from Cochise County, but Dannels understands the situation is fluid and that it is alarming to all who live along the southern border.

Dannels is also reassuring local citizens that any acts of violence or intimidation targeting local citizens will be taken very seriously. “I encourage our citizens to reach out to their local law enforcement to report any crimes of this nature as we all remain vigilant,” he said.

Meanwhile, about 600 Mexican soldiers were deployed Friday to the Ciudad Juarez area across the border from El Paso to restore order after 11 people were killed across the city during several hours of violence on Thursday.

The violence began with a deadly fight between factions of the Sinaloa Cartel

at a Mexican prison near Juarez, a city of 1.5 million. Within a few hours, there were numerous reports of vehicle and building arson fires, as well as reports of gunfire.

One of the dead was a 12-year-old, according to Mexican authorities.

The violence prompted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to publicly address the fact that innocent civilians were targeted in Juarez.

“It wasn’t just the clash between two groups, but it got to the point in which they began to shoot civilians, innocent people,” the president said during a Friday press conference. “That is the most unfortunate thing in this affair.”

It is unknown at this time what prompted the prison fight, but the Secretariat of National Defense of Mexico announced Thursday the seizure of nearly 1.5 tons of methamphetamine headed toward the U.S. along with more than 800,000 fentanyl pills. Reports in Mexico are that the seizure in an area in northern Sonora controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel was the result of a tip from a competitor

But the uptick in violence is not a surprise to law enforcement officials on either side of the border. Warnings of jostling between various groups within the Sinaloa Cartel and territorial battles with other cartels were renewed last month following the arrest of Rafael Caro Quintero, one of Mexico’s most prolific drug lords for the last 40 years.

Caro Quintero, who operated a drug trafficking operation even while in prison for murdering DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, is now cooling his heels in a maximum security prison near Mexico City while he fights extradition to the U.S.

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This leadership void offers other drug trafficking groups including the family of former Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera an opportunity to expand territories.

The violence in Tijuana prompted the U.S. Consulate’s warning shortly after 9 p.m. It advised Americans in the area to be aware of their surroundings and monitor local media for updates. The advisory also called on Americans to “notify friends and family of your safety.”

The warning also cited reports of violence in other Mexican cities located south of California, including Mexicali, Tecate, Rosarito, and Ensenada. There was no update released by the Consulate on Saturday, leaving Americans in Tijuana to rely on sporadic and unconfirmed news reports.

In early July, a Consulate advisory was issued about the potential for confrontations between criminal organizations and Mexican security forces in Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California in connection with another cartel arrest.

“U.S. citizens should expect to encounter increased Mexican law enforcement presence in those areas,” the advisory stated. “Criminal organization assassinations and territorial disputes can result in bystanders being injured or killed.”

9 Comments

  1. Perhaps dropping illegals in front of the Office, or homes, of Homeland Security Officials in the DC area, might result in the desperate corrective actions needed at our borders.

      • Oh, please no. Not boxcars Are you too young to remember the history of the use of boxcars to transport people for governments?

  2. So let this violence, drug and child trafficking hit the DC area hard, keep busing them to DC, let the mayor cry some more. After all the mayor declared DC a sanctuary city, right? So give them sanctuary mayor.
    Governor Ducey keep the buses flowing East with the unwashed, tired and hungry masses.

  3. So what is Nasty Pelosi’s cut from the Mexican Cartels? I forget. I know it’s enough to buy a fancy freezer and expensive ice cream.

  4. LMAO people in Green Valley living in fantasy land. Tried telling everyone feb 8 2019 at the quail creek club. They flooding down Madera canyon on the east and through arivaca on the west and meet in green valley after the check point. BP knows this but doesn’t want a heavy presence in the tourist areas of Madera canyon so they allow them to walk through the bushes unabated. Two feet off the road behind both rest stops are huge well used layups. BP knows exactly where they are but administratively fail to address any of it.

    • why would they chase anyone this far from the border – there’s plenty at the border – maybe they’ll use the NEW 166,000 IRS Agents 🙂 – they’re coming from you Corey – you must be guilty of something… intimidation the new America

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