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Tijuana Cartel

The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of the most strategically important Mexico border cities for trafficking drugs into the United States. Due to infighting, arrests and the deaths of many top leaders, the organization is a shell of what it was in the 1990s and early 2000s, when it was considered…

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MEXICO / 11 FEB 2019

Two death threats were made against the president of Mexico in the same week from two different criminal groups, suggesting…

HOMICIDES / 26 JUL 2018

A new report says that executions linked to organized crime in Mexico have skyrocketed to record levels during the first…

MEXICO / 28 JUL 2017

In "Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man," former Tijuana Cartel enforcer Martin Corona traces his rise through the ranks of the hegemonic…

JALISCO CARTEL / 20 OCT 2016

A bloody cartel war raging in the state of Baja California Sur hints at the new strategies and alliances forming…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 MAR 2016

Authorities in Mexico have voiced fears the Jalisco Cartel has arrived in Baja California state, the most substantial indication yet…

BOLIVIA / 1 APR 2015

Bolivia's capture of two Peruvians who allegedly worked for the Tijuana Cartel highlights Bolivia's central role in the region's cocaine…

Key Actors

Edgardo Leyva Escandon, alias '24'

MEXICO / 2017-03-09 19:02:45

Edgardo Leyva Escandon, alias "24" has worked with Mexico's Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization (AFO), since 1994, and is a specialist in arms and security. The…

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias 'El Ingeniero'

MEXICO / 2016-10-20 20:29:31

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias "El Ingeniero" or "Fernandito," was the enigmatic head of the Tijuana Cartel, until his capture in June 2014. El Ingeniero is the son of Enedina Arellano…

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