Security Message for U.S. Citizens-Exercise Caution at Bandas Gruperas Music Events-Tijuana

U.S. Consulate General Tijuana-Security Message for U.S. Citizens:
Exercise Caution at Bandas Gruperas Music Events
March 17, 2017

The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana informs U.S. citizens that in the past two months, drug trafficking organizations have made a number of threats of violence against music venues that are hosting “bandas gruperas”—music groups which specialize in narco corridos, or songs celebrating their criminal exploits.  Each band tends to be associated with a particular drug trafficking organization, therefore, they are viewed as targets by competing cartels.  Recent examples of these threats include:

On February 12th, Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacíon (CJNG) left a threatening message (known as a narco manta) on a bridge in the La Mesa neighborhood of Tijuana threatening a show by Nuevos Rebeldes at Las Pulgas nightclub in Tijuana. As a result the show was cancelled.

On March 16th, CJNG left a dead dog and narco manta in front of Bar Cavalli en la Zona del Río neighborhood of Tijuana threatening “El Fantasma” and Los Populares de Illano, two bands associated with the Sinoloa cartel. As of the now, the show is still scheduled to occur on March 18, 2017.

Given that the drug trafficking organizations have been willing to follow through on their threats against members of the bands and the venues where they appeared in the past, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana has advised its personnel to be very cautious about attending these events and review local media to be aware of possible threats.

The Consulate reminds U.S. citizens to review your personal security plan, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mexico.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, located at Paseo de las Culturas s/n, Mesa de Otay, Delegacion Centenario, C.P. 22425, Tijuana, Baja California, and is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • You may also call 011-52-664-977-2000 during normal business hours and 001-619-692-2154 from Mexico or 619-692-2154 from the United States after-hours.
  • Contact information for the U.S. Consulates General in Mexico can be found on the U.S. Embassy Mexico City website.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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