Carlos Bey

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Mexican-Americanized is close enough

Undocumented party guy lies his way across the border

“Hey man, I’m in L.A.!” I got a text from my friend Jaime couple months ago. “Hahaha, funny joke,” was my reply and then I ignored him. A couple of weeks later I got another ...

Good times, bad times at Gunshot Plaza

Tijuana hangout marred by violence on independence day

“We were at Fresco bar and walked downstairs towards the fountain to, you know, smoke some weed.” My friend Regina tells me what happened on Tuesday night, September 15, at Tijuana's Plaza Fiesta. “While we ...

Shrubs in the median, blood on the road in PB

“He was exceptionally alert and coherent about crossing streets."

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup on the afternoon of August 31st in Pacific Beach. The driver had made an illegal left turn onto westbound Grand Avenue from Dawes Street. “The 28-year-old ...

Mexican authorities burn tons of marijuana

August 18 incineration doesn't impress reporter much

On Tuesday, August 18, authorities in Tijuana reportedly burned over 70 tons of drugs. The incineration was covered by most Mexican media. The event was called “Magno Evento de Incineración de Narcóticos.” However, no single ...

Cheese train

Not much deterrent for illegal vendors on the trolley

A light-skinned Mexican wearing casual work clothes with a tie around his neck stands in the trolley with a black backpack. He looks around to make sure there are no security guards watching him. Then ...

Tijuana’s chocolate-car problem

Authorities target autos with illegal or no documentation

Since mid-July, Servicio de Administración Tributaria — SAT, Mexico's rough equivalent of the IRS — and Tijuana police have set up checkpoints in areas of the city to capture so-called “chocolate cars” — cars from ...

Rotten bacon

Tales of Tijuana police harassment

Two months ago I was walking home in downtown TJ from a press conference at a new brewery. It was a tad before midnight and I was a block away from my apartment when two ...

Morning crash mystery in Tijuana

Three vehicles involved, two people die

At about 6:30 a.m. on May 31, I heard six to eight loud bangs outside my apartment in Tijuana’s Zona Centro. I immediately got up and walked out to my balcony. A red taxi van ...

Tijuana police get the wrong man…repeatedly

Reporter detained, frisked, and questioned many times over two years

I have always been afraid of the cops, even when I had no reason to be. But I have never been so afraid of the police until I moved to Tijuana. In the two years ...

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