Rampant drug cartels, corrupt officials, and a staggering rise in violence propelled Tijuana’s homicide rate to reach stunning new heights in 2018; making the Mexican city one of the “deadliest” locations on the planet.
“A record 2,518 people were killed here in 2018 — nearly seven times the total in 2012. With 140 killings per 100,000 people, Tijuana is now one of the deadliest cities in the world,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
Directly across the border in San Diego there were 34 homicides throughout the entire year.
“Local and state officials estimate that up to 90% of the city’s homicides are linked to local drug sales, and authorities say they are seeing a similar pattern in Juarez, Cancun and other Mexican cities at the forefront of a nationwide rise in killings, which have nearly doubled over the last three years,” adds the report.
Read the full story at the LA Times.