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Chris asks…

What do we need to know about traveling to Tijuana?

Myself and a church group (on a mission trip) hope to travel to Tijuana sometime in the next three months. We will all get passports, but are there any other recommended travel documents?

What about the fears regarding tourists in that area? Are they real or made up? If you are from Mexico, please say so!

Or e-mail me directly if you don’t want to post.

Tijuana answers:

I am mexican-american and I will not return to TJ. I believe you are going for an honest and good reason. I was there a few months ago for a change of atmosphere and was so freaked out. I arrived on Friday night and had planned to return the sf bay on sunday night. Well I was back way sooner. We were driving to the hotel and were stopped by the federales because their was a murder scene half a mile ahead. The were police everywhere.Turns out a good 12 people had been beheaded and layed near an elementary school. I was so afraid. Out of all places in Mexico, TJ seems to be the place for crime within the drug wars. If you plan to go don’t stay out late and be aware of your surrounding. If something doesn’t feel right leave the area soon. I am not joking.

David asks…

How much per pill in Mexico (Tijuana) pharmacies for Oxycodon HCL 15 mg and for 30 mg?

Also what are the chances of being ripped off? Do pharmacies there sell you generic versions of the real thing or will they try to sell you worthless crap that does nothing? How can you go down there to buy meds and take steps to NOT get ripped off?

Tijuana answers:

It would be about 10 bucks for the 15’s and 20-25 for the 30’s. But be very careful, the cops down there love busting tourists, and even though it is tijuana it is still a crime and you will be arrested if they catch you.

James asks…

Is it now safe for US citizens to visit Tijuana, Mexico?

I want to go, but do not want trouble.

Tijuana answers:

You should be OK.

Remember to use common sense and don’t do things in TJ that you wouldn’t do back home.

Most of the violence is directed against people invloved with drug gangs and corrupt cops getting blown away.

I actually would tell you to be more careful with the cops as they tend to be corrupt and they like to jack tourists up for $$$.

Don’t carry credit cards or excessive cash. Wear normal, subdued clothing and don’t flash cash or expensive items.

Just take basic precautions. It’s safer than strolling through Compton or South Central LA, that’s for sure.

BTW if you meet Mexicans in TJ that speak perfect English and they offer to “help” you in anyway or give you a sob story, STAY AWAY! Those guys are deportados, they grew up in the US, got in with drugs and gangs, got caught, served time and got deported to Mexico. Many of them can’t speak good Spanish and they often don’t have Mexican papers and ID’s. What do they do for work? Same as they did before, but now they rip off and rob tourists.They are the scum of the streets and can’t be trusted in any way, shape or form, EVER!

Good luck and take care!

Here’s a report from The News, the English language Mexico newspaper-

“Police swarming embattled Tijuana

THE NEWS

Eighty-one neighborhoods in the beleaguered border city of Tijuana are currently being patrolled around the clock by police, Mayor Jorge Ramos said Monday, shortly before a meeting in which Baja California law enforcement authorities sought to find a new security strategy after a week or so of violence that claimed the lives of more than 50.

The move, Ramos said, aims to instill calm in a city that, albeit accustomed to drug-related violence, has witnessed a spike in acts of violence this year. Last week´s discovery of dozens of bodies, some of them dumped near schools and day cares, made national and international headlines, as did reports of an intensifying feud between the long-established Arellano Félix drug cartel and a new upstart organization headed by one of its former henchman.

Sixty-one people died over a nine-day period ending this past weekend, and most of the killings were connected to cartel activity, the authorities said.

A dozen bodies were found last week near a day care, and another bunch discovered in an empty lot right next to a school.

In January, a broad daylight shooting in the border city prompted the evacuation of three nearby schools. The Army was subsequently sent in to restore order, as well as confidence in authorities.

Tijuana´s local police, who have been deployed in Ramos´ latest effort to crack down on crime and restore security and calm, are widely considered to be corrupt and inefficient. Previous efforts to overhaul the force – stripping of them of their arms and subjecting them to drug tests – have failed, security analysts say.

So far this year, more than 3,500 people have died in drug-related violence throughout the country, according to estimates by the newspaper El Universal.”

http://www.thenews.com.mx/home/tnArticulo.asp?cve_cont=191900

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