Tijuana continues to notch an alarming rate of cartel-related homicides with at least 150 tallied in March. The city sits at 514 murders for 2019 thus far.
This year’s total of 514 homicides city-wide is tracking just short of the 2018 tally during the same period with 546.
On February 4, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered the deployment of additional security personnel to Tijuana to help fight cartel-related violence. The president ordered an increase from 143 soldiers to 990, and from 11 federal police to 183. Another 58 Mexican Marines were added to the surge components.
A study released in March by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice (El Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal) listed Tijuana as the deadliest city in the world per capita, based on its 2018 registered homicide count.