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Mexican Drug Cartels Versus the 20-Year-Old Police Chief

Mexican Drug Cartels Versus the 20-Year-Old Police Chief

Marisol Valles Garcia, center, listens to a question during a news conference after her swearing-in ceremony as the new police chief as the town's secretary Andres Morales, left, and Mayor ose Luis Guerrero de la Pena look on [AP]

The Ottawa Citizen via YellowBrix

October 22, 2010

MEXICO -A 20-year-old college student, hailed as “Mexico’s bravest woman” in news media, is the new police chief of one of the country’s most dangerous drug war towns on the U.S. border, where officers have quit and officials have been killed.

Marisol Valles, who studies criminology, took charge of the police force in Praxedis G. Guerrero near El Paso, Texas, just days before hitmen shot and killed a local official.

The mother of an infant son heads a force of just 13 agents, nine of whom are women.

“We are doing this for a new generation of people who don’t want to be afraid anymore,” she added.

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