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Wednesday
Mar162011

Drones Are The New Weapon in Mexican Drug War

AFPI/US AIR FORCE(WASHINGTON) -- There are reports of a significant new weapon in the drug wars along the U.S.-Mexican border.

President Obama did not mention it publicly when Mexico's president was at the White House two weeks ago, but the U.S. is reportedly flying unmanned drone surveillance aircraft deep into Mexican territory.

The New York Times says intelligence information about drug activity is then given to Mexican police. ´╗┐

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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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