Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat announced the mobilization of 860 army troops to Tijuana in anticipation of reprisals following the capture of Tijuana Cartel kingpin Teodoro García Simental AKA “El Teo”. Baja California state officials say 76 people have been killed in the city so far this year. The toll for 2009 was over 700 murders.
The move comes days after President Felipe Calderón ordered 2,000 federal police to Ciudad Juárez, to back up the military force that has been in the city for past year. Juárez led Mexico in violent deaths last year, with the 2009 total reaching 2,650. (Reuters, Jan. 16)
See our last post on Mexico’s narco wars.