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Another Otay Mesa Drug Tunnel Discovered

April 20, 2016
By City News Service
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The drug-smuggling tunnel is believed to be the longest one found underneath the U.S.-Mexico line in California — a nearly half-mile passage between Otay Mesa and Tijuana outfitted with lights, a ventilation system and an elevator.

Border Agents Uncover Third Tunnel In El Centro Sector In A Year

April 15, 2016
By Gina Diamante
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The 142-foot long tunnel was discovered by a Border Patrol agent on routine patrol.

Cross-Border Tunnel Ran More Than 400 Yards

March 23, 2016
By Associated Press
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Prosecutors say drug traffickers finished building the Calexico house in December and began smuggling drugs there last month under law enforcement surveillance.

Top Border Official Discusses Internal Corruption, Trump's Wall

March 18, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection's commissioner spoke to KPBS on Thursday in an exclusive interview. He acknowledged the agency's vulnerability to corruption and said a 2,000-mile border wall would be "very, very difficult."

Tijuana's New Police Chief Continues Removing Migrants From Canal

March 18, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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The city's former police chief resigned last month following KPBS news reports about his strategy to evict homeless migrants from the Tijuana River canal.

Mexican Journalist Discusses Struggle In Drug War Reporting

March 8, 2016
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
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More than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico in the past decade. But that hasn't stopped investigative journalist Marcela Turati from seeking the truth.

Tijuana Announces New Police Chief

March 1, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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Former private security chief José Luis López Medina is Tijuana's new police chief. A spokesman for the mayor explained why the previous chief was forced out.

Pope Concludes Mexico Trip With Visit To U.S.-Mexico Border

Feb. 17, 2016
By Associated Press
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Pope Francis touched down Wednesday in Ciudad Juárez, where he urged governments to "open hearts" to migrants.

Tijuana Migrants Hide In Tunnels As Police Raids Get Deadly

Jan. 28, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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To hide from the police, hundreds of homeless migrants in Tijuana have taken shelter in dark tunnels branching out from the city's river canal. Some get struck and killed on nearby highways when police find them and they try to flee.

Tijuana Police Chief Explains Plummeting Overall Crime

Jan. 19, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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While homicides rose in Tijuana last year, the overall crime rate dropped 9 percent. Tijuana's police chief detailed his high-tech strategy to KPBS.

Could 'El Chapo' Be Tried In San Diego?

Jan. 11, 2016
By City News Service
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The U.S. Attorney's Office refused to comment Monday on the possibility that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will be extradited to San Diego in the wake of his re-capture in Mexico.

Mexican President: Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Re-Arrested

Jan. 8, 2016
By KPBS News, Associated Press
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto wrote in his Twitter account on Friday: "mission accomplished: we have him."

Report: Meth Seizures Up At Border Crossings

Nov. 30, 2015
By Andrew Bowen
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Methamphetamine is cheaper, more available and more potent than ever before, according to San Diego County's latest "meth report card."

Tijuana Sees Rise In Violence Tied To Drug Consumption

Nov. 16, 2015
By Jean Guerrero
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Tijuana has seen more than 540 homicides so far this year, more than all of last year and the highest number since 2010.

How Mexico Court’s Ruling On Marijuana Affects The Drug War

Nov. 9, 2015
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico
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Amid the violent drug war in Mexico, that has led to the killing and disappearance of tens of thousand of people, justices opened the door to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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