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Monday
Mar072011

Female Mexican Police Chief Fired

HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images(PRAXEDIS G. GUERRERO, Mexico) -- Marisol Valles Garcia, the 20-year-old who became police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, one of the most violent towns in Mexico, was fired after failing to show up for work Monday. 

It had been reported previously that Valles Garcia was seeking political asylum in the United States because of death threats; however, Andres Morales, secretary of the county in Mexico and second in charge after the mayor, told ABC News that he couldn't confirm that report.

Valles Garcia did request a few days off to care for her sick son, he said.

An unnamed relative of Valles Garcia told The New York Post that the chief had left Mexico with her young son.

Valles Garcia, called "the bravest woman in Mexico," was sworn in in November 2010 as the head of a new program of crime prevention in a farming town located in one of the bloodiest regions in Mexico. Since her predecessor's head was left outside the police station over a year ago, no one wanted to fill the vacancy. Valles Garcia took the position.

"I'm doing this for my people," she said then. "This is not for me. I'm tired of all the drug violence."

ABC News tried to talk to Valles Garcia about her job in December, but was unable to. A person who answered the phone said her presence in the office is unpredictable, for obvious reasons.

The downward spiral of drug violence in Mexico has touched nearly every community.

"[Drug-related violence] could deter leaders from taking government positions, a very pernicious development," said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. "We have seen more than 20 mayors in Mexico killed over the past three years."

President Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday to extend their collaboration on combatting drug violence. During the joint news conference at the White House, Obama said that he would speed up aid from the U.S. meant to train and equip Mexican forces, but he also acknowledged that the countries should make a greater effort to keep that aid out of the hands of the drug cartels.

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Friday
Mar042011

Female Mexican Police Chief May Have Fled to US

Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images(PRAXEDIS G. GUERRERO, Mexico) -- Marisol Valles Garcia, the 20-year-old who became police chief in one of the most violent towns in Mexico, has requested political asylum in the United States, according to unconfirmed media reports.

The college student and mother was reportedly receiving death threats for months. Andres Morales, secretary of the county in Mexico and second in charge after the mayor, told ABC News Friday that he couldn't confirm the report of her seeking asylum. Valles Garcia did request a few days off to care for her sick son, and she is expected back at work on Monday, he said.

An unnamed relative of Valles Garcia told The New York Post that the chief had left Mexico with her young son.

Valles Garcia, called "the bravest woman in Mexico," was sworn in in November 2010 as the head of a new program of crime prevention in a farming town located in one of the bloodiest regions in Mexico. Since her predecessor's head was left outside the police station over a year ago, no one wanted to fill the vacancy. Valles Garcia took the position.

Cartels in many drug-plagued parts of Mexico have killed or threatened police chiefs and their departments, buying off some officers and causing others to quit. Nationwide, 30,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels. Recently, the assistant mayor of nearby El Porvenir and the mayor of Distrito Bravos were killed.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct212010

Violent Mexican Border Town Hires 20-Year-Old Girl as Police Chief

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRAXEDIS GUADALUPE GUERRERO, Mexico) -- A 20-year-old criminology student was sworn in Monday as the police chief of a Mexican farming community 50 miles southeast of El Paso, Texas.

Marisol Valles Garcia got the job after 19 other applicants turned it down. Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a community of 9,148, is a Mexican border town in the midst of a bloody drug war.

Valles said she will focus on prevention programs for schools and neighborhoods and leave border security to the army, according to Mexican radio network Notisistema.

Valles said she will work to calm the town's fear.

"Here everyone is frightened," Valles told Mexican news media. "We are going to exchange this fear for security."

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