Tijuana– Headed by Fernando Sanchez Arellano (member of the Arellano Felix dynasty), the Tijuana cartel is recovering territories and markets it had previously lost. They kill, kidnap and offer drugs on a massive scale to a state that is already flooded with them, the ministerial police have been corrupted and are now considered the armed wing of the cartel.
People who live in the city recognize that the violence has diminished, but there are still murders and decapitations, kidnappings and shootouts which are largely ignored by the central government in Mexico City. There is also suspicion in Tijuana that there is some type of pact between the state government, local business leaders, and the news media to collectively turn a blind eye to these actions.
“What's coming is much worse,” says Alberto Capella Ibarra, former president of the advisory committee to the Public Security of the State, he believes there will be a 'calentamiento' or a 'heating up' of the plaza similar to Cuidad Juarez because Jaoquin El Chapo Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel appears to have decided to take control of the state when he is done with his war in Chihuahua.
“What can prevent the onslaught of El Chapo when he decides to claim Baja California?” asked the former functionary of the state who, in 2007 survived an assassination attempt by sicarios at his residency.
“Perhaps at the end of the year, at the beginning of 2011. But there is no doubt the war is coming to this plaza.”
General Alfonso Duarte, comandante of the 2nd Military Zone has publicly said that the war is approaching Tijuana.
The rule of law is often tested here. On Sunday Sept. 12th for example, the corpses of two decapitated men appeared of the streets of colonia Lagunitas in the zone known as El Tecolote. One of the dead men had a yellow index card with a message that read “We won't kill anymore people because we don't feel like it..” it was directed at colonel Julian Leyzaola, Secretary of Public Security for the municipality, who has been known to say that the executions in Tijuana have diminished thanks to the work of the municipal police.
Although in Tijuana the brutal executions that made Benjamin and Ramon Feliz infamous don't occure with the same frequency as back then, the murders in general continue to happen at an alarming rate. Many of those were attributed to Teodoro Garcia Simental, El Teo operator of El Chapo Guzman with Fernando Sanchez Arellano, El Ingeniero.
Federal Police arrested El Teo with incident this past 12th of January in La Paz. Baja California. Almost a month later on the 8th of February his brother was also captured, Jose Manuel El Chiquilin, and his associate Raycel Lopez Uriarte, El Muletas.
For the Attorney General (PGR) the Tijuana cartel's strength is depleted, but their financial structure can be attributed to one woman, Ededina Arellao Felix, account by trade a known as La Jefa.
Consulting Attorney Alberto Capella, expert in matters of public security, confirmed that he has information to confirm El Chapo Guzman has a tremendous amount of weapons and ammunition stockpiled in Baja California. Capella expects the wave of violence to reach the levels of Ciudad Juarez and his forecast is that the full impact of El Chapo's strike won't be felt until after the end of the term of the PANista mayor Jorge Ramos.