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US government orders its employees to shelter in place amidst at least 10 vehicle fires In Tijuana

The US government has ordered its employees in Tijuana to stay out of public places, shelter in place and continue to monitor local media reports as violence continues to surge in the Mexican border city. 

Authorities in Mexico are investigating at least 10 vehicle fires in Tijuana, causing US agencies to air on the side of caution and lockdown its employees, according to Fox News

It cited the ‘multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate’ as the reasoning behind the order. 

‘US government employees have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice,’ a representative said, according to Fox News.   

The violence began Thursday in Ciudad Juraez, just over the border from El Paso. Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel, formerly led by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, and local group Los Mexicles began feuding, leading to a riot that left two dead and 20 injured, the Times of San Diego reported. 

The violence then spread out of the prison and into the city streets of Juarez, where gang members killed an additional nine people, most of them civilians.

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez said the national guard and police reserves are ready to be deployed if needed, according to Fox News. 

A truck explodes in flames as Tijuana drives to control an outbreak of violence 

Police have been trying to control the violence, but the city continuous to deal with multiple vehicle fires

Police have been trying to control the violence, but the city continuous to deal with multiple vehicle fires 

US government has ordered its employees to shelter in place amidst at least 10 vehicle fires (pictured) in Tijuana

US government has ordered its employees to shelter in place amidst at least 10 vehicle fires (pictured) in Tijuana

It cited the 'multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate' as the reasoning behind the order

It cited the ‘multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate’ as the reasoning behind the order

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez said the national guard and police reserves are ready to be deployed if needed as violence continues

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez said the national guard and police reserves are ready to be deployed if needed as violence continues 

The ongoing violence in the city comes just months after the US announced the discovery of a tunnel from Tijuana to a San Diego warehouse. 

The 1,700-foot ‘fully operational’ tunnel is suspected to be used to smuggle drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, into the US. 

The secret passage from Tijuana to San Diego featured rail and ventilation systems, electricity and reinforced walls, authorities said.

It measures also 61 feet deep, agents with Homeland Security Investigations said in May. 

It was discovered near San Diego’s Otay Mesa border crossing in an area where more than a dozen other sophisticated tunnels have been found in the last two decades.

Agents were conducting surveillance on a ‘known drug stash house’ in National City, south of Downtown San Diego.

A tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego was discovered in May by authorities and believed to carried drugs between the two countries

A tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego was discovered in May by authorities and believed to carried drugs between the two countries 

It was discovered near San Diego's Otay Mesa border crossing in an area where more than a dozen other sophisticated tunnels have been found in the last two decades

It was discovered near San Diego’s Otay Mesa border crossing in an area where more than a dozen other sophisticated tunnels have been found in the last two decades

The tunnel is 61 feet deep and 1,700 feet long. The tunnel is in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls

The tunnel is 61 feet deep and 1,700 feet long. The tunnel is in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls

US authorities said it was unknown how long the tunnel had been operating and what amount of drugs, if any, got through undetected. They seized 1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of meth and 3.5 pounds of heroin in connection with the investigation.

Six people, ages 31 to 55, were charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine. All are Southern California residents and have pleaded not guilty.

The tunnel is in one of the most fortified stretches of the border, illustrating the limitations of border walls.



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