358 kilograms seized in Tijuana
In the largest seizure of this year to date, more then a quarter ton of cocaine was found by SEDENA (Secretary of National Defense) , based on a citizens complaint in Otay Mesa, Tijuana, near the border crossing. These type of seizures based on the help of citizens have become common in Tijuana. Groups of criminals cells operating in the city, engaging in trafficking, kidnapping, and extortion are often arrested because of phone calls made to the authorities due to suspicious activity. It has become an essential tool in seizures and arrests in the city.
One vehicle with Baja plates, and 22,430 dollars in US Currency were seized as well, but not arrests were made, and no mention of who the shipment belonged to were made available to the public. Less then two weeks ago a similar operation captured 232 kilograms of cocaine, and one man, allegedly in the service of the Sinaloa Cartel. It's probable that the drugs seized today also belonged to Sinaloa, as these kinds of operations have become commonplace in Tijuana, as criminal groups in the service of cartels have returned to trafficking at a higher level, then in previous years, as larger and larger amounts of cocaine and marijuana are intercepted before crossing the border. Those responsible for the cocaine may have fled moments before authorities arrrived, due to broken tiles found on the roof of the house. Many of these complaints stem from witnesses viewing packages being loaded into vehicles, or carried from homes, as is probably the case here.
Because of the way it was presented, and the location found, it's likely this shipment was to be sent across the border, and not used for domestic sales in the city. A portion of a shipment like this would remain in San Diego and surrounding counties, with a majority headed for destinations like Los Angeles, and further north. Also, the cocaine had not yet been processed, or 'cut', further indicating it was headed across the border. Across the city violence continues, there have been 8 murders in the last three days, including an incident in Playas de Tijuana where during a party, gunmen rushed the home, and fired on the guests and the house itself. One was wounded, but there were no deaths.
Sources: Frontera, AFN Tijuana, SD Red.