NOTE: I found this article while doing some online research, I find it very interesting since it gives you an insight of how the drug trade works, or at least, how it worked in the 90´s. The following is an interview conducted by PBS to who they call “Steve”, If I´m not mistaken, I had read part of this somewhere else and remember reading “Steve” is now a protected witness, I´m not 100% sure, so if anybody has more info on this, I´ll appreciate they post it on the comments section. Tijuano.
I was born in Tijuana in 1961. I was there for about four years and came back to the US. My brothers were born in the US. On my mom's side, I came from an upper middle-class or upper-class family. My grandfather was an appellate judge in Mexico. My dad's a Texan. So from kindergarten on–actually, from nursery school on–I was in San Diego and lived your normal upper middle-class life that regular American kids do.
On that part of the border, there's kind of a transnational family structure. Do you breach both sides?
When you live in San Diego and Tijuana, especially in San Diego, you go across that border like it's one big city. And you don't realize the privilege you have in doing that. It just seems to be tedious because they put this border there. I had an aunt whose house was on a mountainside in Tijuana. We'd call her and ask, “What's the border look like?” And she would look with her binoculars out her window and go, “Oh, stay wherever you're at,” or “Go have dinner,” or “Come over to the house.
The line's at least two hours right now. Don't even try. Wait until it dies down.” This is before radio. Now there's a radio that every 15 minutes tells you how many cars there are. And this is before the DEA and everybody put up on the American side so the border is long now on both sides. It used to be that the only borderline you would make was coming from Tijuana, Mexico, into San Diego.