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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.

  • Pl28_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Wow Gounseen, the kid said he was 16 years. And Solo918S's kid made some good points.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    She is a brave and courageous young woman, I hope she is alive 3 months from now.

  • 50354_16294165037_2196_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Hope she knows what she is getting in. I wish her the best.

  • 91101_remeberance_max160_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    @Solo918S: You might want to type a more coherent comment next time. Not quite sure what you were even trying to say there...and its law enforcement, not "law inforcement".

  • The_wall_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bad move, only Police type education, is from a college classroom, only Police expirience was behind a desk as an administative assistant. This appointment is either designed for fatal failure, costing her life or it is designed for the Cartels to win. Fighting drug dealers at this level, needs mor than Cop101.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I hope the attention she has garnered from this will be enough to protect her, but I'm not counting on it, considering just how ruthless the cartels have proven themselves to be. I do wish her the best of luck, however !!

  • Cgiaspin_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is solo 918s son I am 16 years old a Lapd Cadet and my Dad wanted me read this and i did and i thought about it and there has to be a reason why she is not afraid or took the job. For all we know she could of been threaten by the drug cartels or maybe she is affailted with them. This is my opinion, my dad thinks different, he thinks that she is brave and she is doing something for her country. But this is very fishy. How can you make her Chief if she is only 20 and she has no weapon. How do you figure you can be a chief but you cant drink or gamble. I might not know the law in mexico but in california you have to be 21 to carry a weapon if your a law inforcement and socialize with people who are drinking alcohol.

  • 1984_v_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Let's look at this situation from a three perspectives-- political, professional and personal.

    from the political side, she's a pefect candidate. She's young enough that she has not been corrupted by the cartel influence. She has also gained international noteriety. When you have that kind of exposure combined with instant celebrity, the cartel knows it would be a death sentence to their organization if anything happened to her. The international outrage would be instant and severe. The whole "not carrying a gun" thing was also a smart polical and strategic move. The cartel would be commiting suicide killing an unarmed 20 year old mother that's gotten this much press.

    From a professional look, she is way too young and zero experience. I as a patrolman would have a very hard time taking her seriously and would not want her even close by while I did my job. In my eyes she is a liability and should not leave the police building> I would also hope she has a safe place to sleep at night.

    Finallly the personal side. I am sure this young woman thinks the pressure is on to save her village. I hope she keeps a level head, takes advice from those with experience and balances it with common sense and uses her publicity and new found celebrity to actually make a dent in the cartel's influence.

    After all, Joan of Arc was a young woman as well when she did what she did for her country. David was a young boy whenhe killed Goliath. never underestimate what God can do with a willing soul.

  • Clone_trooper_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Quite a story. Without being armed, it won't end well.

  • Adp_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    ...the final paragraph of her contract were her funeral arrangements.

  • Happy_father__s_day_by_harseik-d3jd2qj_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Dude, don't tell me that anyone is niave enough to think this is anything other than a cartel ploy. They'll let her unarmed self live for a while and then say, 'see, disarm yourselves and you'll be safe; or, she is some smuggler's mistress. Otherwise, this would be complete stupidity. I would guess she is someone's girlfriend.

  • Jmccall_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    bump the sarge. if those people down there stood up to the cartels and started dropping them when they ride into town this crap would end. The citizens could make the cartels run in fear if they would grow a set of balls and arm themselves. Problem is too damn many of the police and federal agents are on the payroll of the cartels and until this ends the cartels will rule. Wipe out the crooked cops and the crooks will fail. Until they have law enforcement that stands up to this kind of crap, along with the citizenry that backs them up the cartels will rule Mexico and the body count will only get worse.

    If this woman is sincere, I wish her all the luck as I think she will need it and she sure as hell better arm herself.

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Be safe out there young chief. I hope God watches over her.

  • 100_7432_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Says a lot about that part of the world..... Good luck Miss - think you'll need it...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    PL at its best...

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