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Baja & Border News Translations: 17 Municipal Employees are Possible Addicts; Driver's Uncle Dies in Crash
17 Municipal Employees are Possible Addicts (EL MEXICANO, 12/27/12 by Lorena Garcia Ramirez)
TIJUANA, BC - At least 17 municipal employees gave positive anti-doping tests, primarily to substances including methamphetamine, which resulted in their temporary suspension for the charges. The Municipal Sindicatura gave a total of 880 evidence base tests to trusted workers during 2012.
The Syndic Attorney, Yolanda Enriquez de la Fuente, commented that the latest anti-doping review had five positive tests; however they are still waiting for confirmatory results by the General Procurator of Justice of the State (PGJE). "We have 17 cases that are positive for drugs out of the 880 tests we did. Of those 17, seven were positive for medicines", she said.
Employees who have so far given positive drug tests were working as firefighters, in municipal social development, municipal regulation, receivership and public safety. Some have already been referred to treatment for addictions, a commitment that removes their provisional suspension if they demonstrate they have stopped using prohibited substances and have successfully completed the rehabilitation process. Enriquez de la Fuente said there have been cases in which officials separated from office voluntarily.
The goal for this year was to have at least thousand toxicological tests; however the Office of the State Attorney-General said his laboratory was saturated, so it had no capacity to complete more tests. The official said that most of the aldermen came to take an anti-doping test and all showed negative. "There were a few missing aldermen who were away, so we hope to invite them in during the coming year".
In the next implementation of the exam the Mayor, Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, will also invited. He has shown willingness to participate in the program. Enriquez de la Fuente said that she may also take the test, after overcoming some health issues. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2012/12/27/639046/adictos-17-empleados-municipales.aspx
Driver's Uncle Dies in Crash (EL MEXICANO, 12/27/12 by Said Betanzos)
TIJUANA, BC - A driver caused the death of his uncle by colliding with two light poles while driving at excessive speeds on the Vía Rápida Poniente at avenida Agua Caliente in colonia 20 de Noviembre. The mishap occurred at 6:45 p.m. yesterday.
The suspect is identified as Daniel Tirado Roldán, 23, who is a student residing in San Diego, California, reported Municipal Police. He was driving a 1999 BMW with CALIFORNIA plates 6JNC181. In the vehicle was Ana Vazquez Quezada, 22, Emilio Vázquez, 3, and his uncle Vicente Roldán Llamas, 45.
According to the expert, the young man was speeding by skid marks left just below the "puente negro" at the curve, loosing control and traveling to the left. On the way the car spun on its axis and its tires struck the concrete curb of the Tijuana River canal. The auto continued, hitting power posts and landing in flower beds.
The Municipal police reported that Vicente Roldán died, while the woman and infant were injured and transferred to the General Hospital. The driver according to the expert had alcohol on his breath and taken to where a doctor said that while he alcohol on his breath, it did not impair his ability to drive. The agent of the Public Ministry of the Culpable Homicide Unit went to attest to the facts and ordered the removal of the corpse.
Daniel Tirado was placed at the disposal of the public prosecutor for the death of his uncle where his legal status will be determined. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2012/12/27/639050/fallecio-el-tio-del-conductor-tras-choque-en-via-rapida.aspx
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