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Mayor: Tijuana Safe For Tourists Despite Drug Cartel Wars

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(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The newly elected mayor of Tijuana says it’s safe for tourists to return to his city.

In 2010, 820 people were killed in the city just south of the U.S. – Mexico border — a tally that’s more than double of the number of murders in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego combined.

But in an exclusive interview with KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle, Mayor Carlos Bustamante says the city affectionately known to some as “T.J.” is much safer this year.

Bustamante, who has only been in office for three months, says it’s much safer this year.

Tourists don’t need to worry, he adds, most of the murders are between three rival drug cartels involved in a turf war.

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