There are a lot of questions in the air surrounding Tijuana’s public safety infrastructure following the abrupt resignation of Tijuana’s police chief, Alejandro Lares, reports KPBS.
Lares made vague references to a media smear campaign against him on his way out the door. It’s unclear whether he was referring to a story that came out a day earlier on homeless migrants living in the city’s canals.
Another big problem Tijuana officials are grappling with: Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación has aggressively expanded from the states of Jalisco and Michoacán into Tijuana, rivaling other major groups like Los Zetas and the Knights Templar Cartel.
“The group’s growing presence coincides with a surge in homicides in Tijuana that started last spring,” the Union Tribune’s Sandra Dibble reports.