New Customs Facility was Once Narcotunnel (Tijuana Press, 1/4/13 by Daniel Angel)

Tijuana, BC - A new inspection station between Mexico and the U.S. Point of Entry (POE) is where there once was a narcotúnnel. It is property acquired by the Tax Management System (SAT) to be used to start a pilot program for the binational inspection of trucks that cross north through the Otay POE.

At the end of January last year, military forces were asked to evaluate the property at the request of SAT, after finding what they suspected was a narcotúnel inside the building before it was occupied by the Pioneer Electronic Company.

Days later, the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) confirmed to Tijuanapress.com that there had been a closed tunnel that never reached across into U.S. territory. At this new review station on Mexican soil there will be U.S. staff in charge of examining cargo that crosses into their country, as it was made known in a report journalist Sandra Dibble of the U-T San Diego.

In her information, the report noted a joint communiqué between SAT and the U.S. Department of Internal Security which pointed-out actions that will seek to expedite crossing times. The pilot project is intended only for trucks that move fruits and other perishables. The station will operate to the east of the International Checkpoint in Otay. They have ensured there will be refrigerators, a laboratory, and other high technology equipment to carry-out the inspections by authorities of both countries at the same times.

The Secretary of Economic Development of Tijuana (Sedeti) said he was unaware of details about the new checkpoint. "We are attentive to the Secretariat of Communications and Transport and Customs, who has invited us to a meeting to learn more about the program", said Miguel Velazco Bustamante, the leader of Sedeti. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8574:aduana-conjunta-fue-narcotunel&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50

Domestic Violence Allegations Increase (Tijuana Press, 1/4/13 by Daniel Angel)

Tijuana, BC - Complaints of domestic violence increased by 25% in 2012 compared with 2011, according to figures of the Directorate of Prevention of Crime of the Ministry of Security Public Municipal (SSPM). Lot Priscila Garcia Cortez, noted that during the past year, she received around 6,000 calls for cases of domestic violence, but ensured that while there was an increase of around 1,500 calls over 2011, the violence already existed, however it had been hidden or unreported.

"It's not that violence has grown, it is that people are now being encouraged to report it; people trust us and relying on the institutions, realizing this by means of the talks we have made in the different sectors," she said. The official attributed this confidence to campaigns being provided throughout areas of the city, such as by the DIF and Institute Government Municipal Women's (Immujer) and women have come to lose their fear of what may happen once they report.

This was made known during the delivery of certificates to 50 police officers who answer these emergency calls and completed a training course, in addition to the presentation of a vehicle equipped to serve as a moving shelter for families who decide to leave their homes as a result of violence. She said the officers are trained in mediation. The SSPM provides psychological support and legal advice for people in crisis and the DIF provides shelter to families who need it. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8572:aumentaron-denuncias-por-violencia-domestica&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50

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