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Law Enforcement Officials Credit 'Operation Tijuana' for Drop in Crime

Law enforcement officials in Tijuana say crime has gone down in the last month and a half, since Operation Tijuana began. They say that's good, but not good enough. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the

Law Enforcement Officials Credit 'Operation Tijuana' for Drop in Crime

Law enforcement officials in Tijuana say crime has gone down in the last month and a half, since Operation Tijuana began. They say that's good, but not good enough. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

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Law enforcement officials in Tijuana say crime in the city has dropped 31-percent in the first month-and-a-half of this year compared to the same time period last year. They credit Operation Tijuana, a massive effort to attack drug trafficking and organized crime launched by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Alberto Capella is President of the Citizens Public Safety Council. He says it’s still too early to say if the Operation is a success.

Capella says there's no reference point...like the authorities have to arrest 2000 people. He says because of that, it's hard to say when they can call it a success. Federal troops will stay in Tijuana indefinitely. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.