Report: Tijuana Homicides Reach Record High In 2017

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera
Credit: Associated Press
Above: A police vehicle blocks a street near the crime scene where a man was killed by gunmen in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

The presence of the Jalisco New Generation cartel helped push homicides in Tijuana to an unprecedented level in 2017. That’s according to a new report by the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego.

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The report cites preliminary figures from Baja California's State Secretary of Public Security that put the total number of victims of homicide in Tijuana at 1,780 in 2017. And the violence doesn't seem to be slowing.

Jaime Arredondo, co-author of the report, discussed Tuesday on Midday Edition some of the other factors contributing to the recent wave of violence in Tijuana.