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Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, the Secretary of Public Security in Baja California, spoke briefly with the press on Wednesday, May 8th, in regards to organized crime in the state. The official stated that eight crime cell lieutenants are responsible for the majority of narcotics that move through the state. He also stated they are responsible for the majority of homicides which occur.

According to state figures, the first three months of 2013 saw a rise in homicides in comparison to the same time period in 2012. State investigators have claimed that at least 85% of those homicides are linked to gang and drug violence.

De la Rosa Anaya would not elaborate on the criminal cells, yet stated that they are the same groups which have operated in the state in recent years. He went on to say that the leaders have been identified and authorities are working to stop them.

The Cártel de Sinaloa has become the dominant organized crime group in the state in recent years, even though the long time resident group, Cártel Arellano Félix, remains highly active. The Drug Enforcement Agency recently declared the six most wanted drug traffickers in the San Diego-Tijuana area. Five of those men are associated with the Cártel de Sinaloa, one with the Cártel Arellano Félix.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury also released, on May 7th, the names of the eight alleged Cártel de Sinaloa lieutenants that run the border cities from Mexicali to Nogales, Sonora.

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Visduh May 8, 2013 @ 7:34 p.m.

Our DEA knows who they are. But they've been operating with impunity inside Mexico for many years. Oh, and "they are the same groups which have operated in the state in recent years. He went on to say that the leaders have been identified and authorities are working to stop them." How many years? And why do the "authorities" not stop them now? Or why didn't they stop them years ago? Give us a break "K". The "crime cells" are nothing but the drug cartels that have been getting away with anything and everything in Baja for far too long. But now the Secretary for Public Security has finally figured it out, and knows that they are the killers in the state. No, doh! So, what prevents them from being arrested? The cops there have no restraint when it comes to arresting a Gringo tourist for some tiny offense, but they can't arrest known killers? That's Mexico!

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