Unprecedented, Tijuana lawyer caught introducing crystal meth and heroine into prison facility

Unprecedented, Tijuana lawyer caught introducing crystal meth and heroine into prison facility

Jan 5, 2018

TIJUANA, BC, on December 29, 2017.- A Tijuana lawyer was arrested for attempting to smuggle 48 grams of “crystal”, and 15 grams of heroin into the Center for Social Reintegration (CERESO) of Tijuana.   The incident occurred during the preventive review that was carried out in a meticulous search when passing through the intelligent customs system. Since the lawyer showed signs of nervousness, he was asked to leave the line and step into an office for a full cavity search.   A State Security Police and Correctional Custody officer searched the man and detected in one of the socks a pair of regular size wrappings for which he was asked to remove his shoes.   The commanding officer proceeded to open one of the capsules which contained a transparent and granulated substance with the characteristics of “crystal”, so he immediately proceeded to check the other package which contained a brown substance which resulted to be heroin.   The approximate weight of the drug found was 48 grams of “crystal” and 29 grams of heroin, and the lawyer refrained to make any statement.   The detainee was placed under custody of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office where the pertinent investigation will be carried out and the corresponding authority will define the accused legal situation. Comunicado de prensa emitido por SSP Del Gobierno del Estado de Baja...

Tijuana’s new “Threshold of the Americas”

Tijuana’s new “Threshold of the Americas”

Dec 27, 2017

Shuttered storefronts, broken sidewalks, and darkened staircases for years have greeted pedestrians making their way from the border to downtown Tijuana. Now promoters of the city are hoping to dramatically change that unsettling first impression. A $13 million project dubbed “Umbral de las Americas,” or “Threshhold of the Americas” envisions a renewed entryway, with plazas, new lighting, wide ramps, and a broad new bridge over the Tijuana River channel to connect the border with Avenida Revolución, the traditional tourist district. “It’s going to be a place where you want to linger, to be entertained, rather than a place where you just want to walk fast,” said Aaron Victorio, executive director of Tijuana’s Economic Development Council, CDT, a private-sector planning group that has been championing the project. Just across from San Ysidro, the project covers a 3/4-mile route from the PedWest pedestrian entrance at the San Ysidro Port of Entry to the giant arch at the northern end of Avenida Revolución. The pathway runs through an area in transition, at once booming with activity and new construction and struggling with urban decay, with empty shops, an entrenched homeless population and a persistent stench that rises from the concrete Tijuana River channel.   The aim is to make walking into Tijuana a safer, shorter and more pleasant experience, both for tourists and visitors to the city. The changes are part of a larger effort to revitalize the city’s historic downtown near the U.S. border, an area slowly being transformed with new living spaces, cultural venues, breweries, restaurants and cafes. PedWest’s opening in 2016 underscored the need for a better pedestrian connection from the border to Tijuana’s downtown. U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show an average 12,000 daily northbound crossers through Pedwest—close to 60 percent of the total northbound pedestrian traffic, and a similar number is estimated to cross southbound. “It should be better,” said David Bernal, a 22-year-old Tijuana resident who crosses the border at PedWest to get to and from his job at Northgate market in San Diego. “After dark, I don’t go through here,” he said as he was heading home at sunset earlier this week. Click here for full article by Sandra Dibble on...

Trump says he may soon visit Mexico border wall prototypes (CNN)

Trump says he may soon visit Mexico border wall prototypes (CNN)

Dec 20, 2017

According to CNN, US president Donald Trump said he may soon pay a visit to the US-Mexico Border to view border wall prototypes. Speaking at what is expected to be the last cabinet meeting of the year on Wednesday December 20, Trump applauded the prototypes of the wall that have been placed along the border, adding that he may want to look at them in their final form. “We want to be able to see through … we have a lot of help from the Border Patrol and from the ICE agents,” Trump said. “We’re getting their input on the wall, because who knows better than them.” Eight border wall types are currently on display. Trump noted at the meeting that there were six border wall prototypes. The President also emphasized that the walls would be built to be see through, a statement he has made previously. “We want vision, we want to be able to see through who is on the other side of the wall, and we have some wonderful prototypes that have been put up,” Trump said. Click here for full article by Miranda Greene on CNN...

FCR to open Contact Center in Baja California

FCR to open Contact Center in Baja California

Dec 15, 2017

FCR, a provider of outsourced live agent call center and business process solutions, plans to open a contact center, 170 miles south of San Diego, in Baja California, Mexico. Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, FCR operates contact center facilities in Oregon, Montana and now Tijuana, Mexico. The site is centered within the heart of Tijuana’s International Business Park and provides easy access and close proximity to the US-Mexico border crossing, company officials said. FCR has planned a Grand Opening for April of 2018 with an initial team of 30-50 full time employees, and expects to grow their employee footprint to over 300 full time employees in the Baja area over time. The expansion allows FCR to augment its U.S.-based domestic operations with high quality bilingual and Spanish language services for its existing and future clients. FCR’s new Tijuana, Baja center is located within the CCSI Otay Industrial Park Complex and is fully integrated with FCR’s U.S. operations, a company spokesperson said. The center will mirror FCR’s existing systems, processes and procedures, compliance rules, and high performance standards its clients have become accustomed to. As with all of FCR’s sites across Oregon and Montana, FCR’s management team will maintain operational control of the Tijuana location with cross border management training and close partnership and communication with the dedicated on-site Supervisors, Team Leads, and Agents of the center. Click here for full article on areadevelopment.com...

Tijuana fire leaves 70 people homeless

Tijuana fire leaves 70 people homeless

Dec 14, 2017

Last week, 70 people were left homeless in Tijuana, after a fire on Thursday December 7, destroyed 21 houses off the free road to Rosarito Beach in the neighborhood of Aguaje de la Tuna, city officials said. No one was injured in the fire, which was started when an area resident lit a pile of trash, Tijuana Fire Chief Carlos Gopar said at a news conference on Friday. Some 500 people had to be evacuated as firefighters fought the flames, he said. “Twenty-one families lost their homes because someone had the great idea to burn trash,” Gopar said Of the 70 people left homeless by the fire, 23 were minors, Gopar said. Most were taken in by friends and relatives. Five families with nowhere to go were brought to a shelter, Levantando Corazones, where they were provided with food, blankets and mattresses. Also Thursday, a brush fire eastern Tijuana off the thoroughfare known as Bulevar 2000 threatened the Natura housing development, and “we analyzed the possibility of evacuation,” Gopar said. But as winds shifted, “it was much safer to keep people in their houses,” he said. From Tuesday through 9 a.m. Friday, firefighters responded to 311 incidents. Most were brush fires, city officials said, but there were also several dozen residential fires. Source: San Diego Union...

Private Initiative meets with police officers in Ensenada

Private Initiative meets with police officers in Ensenada

Dec 13, 2017

The port of Ensenada exceeds 180 intentional homicides so far in 2017, therefore the Private Initiative and state and municipal police commanders got together to establish strategies against organized crime. The meeting took place behind closed doors at the building of the Municipal Palace of Ensenada, at 3:00 pm on Tuesday December 12. There, the Secretary of Public Security of the State, Gerardo Manuel Sosa Olachea and the Secretary General of the City Council , Iván Alonso Barbosa Ochoa held a reunion with local businessmen. Both officials agreed that citizen participation is the key to act effectively against insecurity and organized crime, so joint actions between society and government will be coordinated. A proposal to strengthen the Crime Combat Model was presented as a follow up on previously established commitments. Sosa Olachea said that the SSPE has a model against crime consisting of 16 axes and 32 lines of action, including strengthening of operational areas with new police agents and patrol cars; as well as the professionalization of specialized police operation groups. Increase video surveillance points connected to C4 and territorial operation; effective attention to emergencies and anonymous calls; units of information analysis; nocturnal inspections and operations in restaurants, night clubs and recreational centers, and finally the creation of a special group of security proximity, for schools, commercial centers and communities. The following authorities and businessmen were present at the meeting as representatives of the local government, law enforcement agencies and Private Initiative: Jorge Iñiguez Díaz, director of Municipal Public Security Faisal Karim Díaz Nassif, president of the Citizen Council of Public Security in Ensenada Jorge Nava Jiménez president of the Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) in Ensenada,  Carlos Ibarra Aguiar , president of the Consultative Council of Ensenada. Source:...