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TJ and BAJA drug war fatalities down 79% for first quarter of 2009

May 29, 2009

Mexico’s Secretary of the National Security Council, Alexander Rubido reported that the homicide rate in Baja (inclusive of Tijuana) related to the drug war dropped 79% during the first quarter of 2009, compared to the last quarter of 2008(as reported by the El Mexicano 4/14/09)….

The city of Tijuana recorded only 90 homicides in the first quarter of 2009, compared to 421 homicides linked to organized crime during the last quarter of 2009.  

Of the 90 TJ victims, two  were US citizens.   One  a TJ fulltime resident,  and US drug convict,  was suspected of being involved in the  TJ drug trafficking. The other victim, who may have been a US tourist, traveled alone into TJ. His autopsy revealed he was under the influence of cocaine as reported by the Baja District Attorney  Both bodies were found in Playas de Tijuana.

With respect to the rest of Baja California (exclusive of TJ), only 18 homicides  were recorded in the first 90 days, compared with 96 in the last quarter of 2008.   NONE were US citizens, even though 300,000+ US citizens reside in Baja and thousands more visit each day.

In both the city and the state the homicide decrease amounted to 79%.

Despite the hype, spin and unsubstantiated “drug war dangers “to toursits,  there were no other  tourists incidents reported in connection to the Mexican drug war in Baja from January 1-April 31 . 

AMAZINGLY, there appears to be little OR NO  US media coverage of this significant reduction in alleged violence.  Why bother with the “truth” when there’s plenty of    “Hogwash Flu  panic-demic” to spread instead???

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