20-Year-Old Police Chief, Marisol Valles, Flees Mexico, May Apply for Asylum in the U.S.

Marisol VallesAn update to this story: a case of one young woman’s great courage meeting pragmatism, or rather, survival. What this illustrates (again) for me is the severity of the drug-related violence in Mexico. (An issue President Obama addressed in a joint-press conference with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon this week.) She had to take relatives with her. Nick Allen reports in the Telegraph:

Marisol Valles was hailed as “Mexico’s bravest woman” after she agreed to take the job in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a no-man’s-land close to the Texas border, in October.

But she has since been targeted by a criminal gang that wanted to make her work for them. After several months in the job she was forced to flee, along with two relatives, and will seek asylum in the US.

In December Erika Gandara, 28, the only police office left in the nearby town of Guadalupe was kidnapped and her house was set on fire. Her fate remains unknown.

The towns are in an area where the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels are fighting for control of smuggling routes into the US.

Read More in the Telegraph

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  • Hadrian999

    thank god, I was worried i would have to wake up some day and read about her being murdered

  • Hadrian999

    thank god, I was worried i would have to wake up some day and read about her being murdered

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Agreed. I’m impressed by her courage…but kind of glad she flinched first and got out of harms way. Talent and drive like hers deserves a chance to flourish.

      • E.B. Wolf

        I have to disagree. Anyone could have taken the post and decided to bail the moment it started getting hairy. That doesn’t take any talent or courage.

        • Hadrian999

          talent and courage won’t stop a bullet, bomb, or blade

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          Dude…its the Mexican border in 2011…it was hairy the minute she said yes. She’s lucky she even got a warning to heed.

          • E.B. Wolf

            I’m sure she got a profitable offer to look the other way while the cartels continued their business. They may be ruthless mother fuckers, but they usually offer a carrot before they bring out the stick. I’m just saying the whole thing smells like a media stunt from the get go. Other than taking the job, what did she actually DO these past few months?

  • Weekendsvanatta

    if there ever was a country that needed to have its ass kicked by the american military, messico is one….

  • Weekendsvanatta

    if there ever was a country that needed to have its ass kicked by the american military, messico is one….

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Agreed. I’m impressed by her courage…but kind of glad she flinched first and got out of harms way. Talent and drive like hers deserves a chance to flourish.

  • Bud Bundy

    She’s pretty. She’s not the hollywood ideal, but i’ll be the first to say shes cute.

    But when I was in the Army, we lived by one slogan

    Good people sleep well at night because rough men do violence in their name.

    Lets go. 5000 men from the regular Army and 500 Marines will bring every druglord on the planet to their knees. So why dont we do it? thats a drop in the bucket compared to Iraq and Afghanistan. I have served myself as Infantry, on the frontlines. I’m not talking out of my ass. I know what the US Army can do.

    Is there something more to this story?

  • Bud Bundy

    She’s pretty. She’s not the hollywood ideal, but i’ll be the first to say shes cute.

    But when I was in the Army, we lived by one slogan

    Good people sleep well at night because rough men do violence in their name.

    Lets go. 5000 men from the regular Army and 500 Marines will bring every druglord on the planet to their knees. So why dont we do it? thats a drop in the bucket compared to Iraq and Afghanistan. I have served myself as Infantry, on the frontlines. I’m not talking out of my ass. I know what the US Army can do.

    Is there something more to this story?

    • http://twitter.com/jrients Jeff Rients

      “So why dont we do it?”

      The War on Drugs is big business.

    • Hadrian999

      the problem is that if the root cause of the rise of the cartels isn’t addressed we will be right back to this point in a few years, it’s doable in the short term but a long term fix requires much more than force

    • E.B. Wolf

      The military can’t even slow the flow of opium from Afghanistan with thirty times that number of troops. So yea, you are talking out of your ass.

      • WhiteRose

        Well when the US went into Afghanistan they said that wasn’t their mission so thus the opium still flows or blows…

      • Asd

        you’re silly if you honestly think the US isn’t profiting heavily off the flow of opium from Afghanistan, which they control

        • E.B. Wolf

          I’m sure they are.

    • MoralDrift

      That is ridiculous. I’m sure military intervention would temporarily slow the flow, but make no mistake if you want to bring the war to middle America there is no faster way then to start wiping these guys out. Haven’t the last couple Mexican presidents essentially waged war on the cartels? What has been the result?

      No doubt, these cartels represent a major threat, in fact bigger threat than “islamic terror” which is a joke. We need,especially in this case, pragmatic solutions unless you want cartels exacting revenge on American families and you want the army to have to operate in the “homeland”

  • http://twitter.com/jrients Jeff Rients

    “So why dont we do it?”

    The War on Drugs is big business.

  • Bobbiethejean

    This is just more proof that America’s crack habit is turning Mexico into a Narco-State.

  • Bobbiethejean

    This is just more proof that America’s crack habit is turning Mexico into a Narco-State.

  • Hadrian999

    the problem is that if the root cause of the rise of the cartels isn’t addressed we will be right back to this point in a few years, it’s doable in the short term but a long term fix requires much more than force

  • E.B. Wolf

    The military can’t even slow the flow of opium from Afghanistan with thirty times that number of troops. So yea, you are talking out of your ass.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone still in favor of the “War on Drugs” supports this kind of violence. If you take an activity that people enjoy and outlaw it, this is what you get. Did we not learn anything from alcohol prohibition? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXLkQVcpjmY

  • Anonymous_Reader

    Anyone still in favor of the “War on Drugs” supports this kind of violence. If you take an activity that people enjoy and outlaw it, this is what you get. Did we not learn anything from alcohol prohibition? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXLkQVcpjmY

  • WhiteRose

    Spending a ton of money on the war on drugs = FAIL and so is spending a ton of money to protect the border. Why not invest in Mexico so they don’t want to risk their lives running for the border? Supply and demand, if America doesn’t want your drugs cause we got our own then voila the bad guys go out of business.

  • WhiteRose

    Spending a ton of money on the war on drugs = FAIL and so is spending a ton of money to protect the border. Why not invest in Mexico so they don’t want to risk their lives running for the border? Supply and demand, if America doesn’t want your drugs cause we got our own then voila the bad guys go out of business.

  • WhiteRose

    Well when the US went into Afghanistan they said that wasn’t their mission so thus the opium still flows or blows…

  • Anonymous

    That is ridiculous. I’m sure military intervention would temporarily slow the flow, but make no mistake if you want to bring the war to middle America there is no faster way then to start wiping these guys out. Haven’t the last couple Mexican presidents essentially waged war on the cartels? What has been the result?

    No doubt, these cartels represent a major threat, in fact bigger threat than “islamic terror” which is a joke. We need,especially in this case, pragmatic solutions unless you want cartels exacting revenge on American families and you want the army to have to operate in the “homeland”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    Cute for a pig, but still a pig.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    Cute for a pig, but still a pig.

  • E.B. Wolf

    I have to disagree. Anyone could have taken the post and decided to bail the moment it started getting hairy. That doesn’t take any talent or courage.

  • Hadrian999

    talent and courage won’t stop a bullet, bomb, or blade

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Dude…its the Mexican border in 2011…it was hairy the minute she said yes. She’s lucky she even got a warning to heed.

  • Asd

    you’re silly if you honestly think the US isn’t profiting heavily off the flow of opium from Afghanistan, which they control

  • E.B. Wolf

    I’m sure she got a profitable offer to look the other way while the cartels continued their business. They may be ruthless mother fuckers, but they usually offer a carrot before they bring out the stick. I’m just saying the whole thing smells like a media stunt from the get go. Other than taking the job, what did she actually DO these past few months?

  • E.B. Wolf

    I’m sure they are.

  • E.B. Wolf

    I’m sure they are.

  • jake

    Free ticket to America, just sign here and sit around a bit? I agree, its easy for the ego mind to think you’re a hero when you sign up for this, but once you get threats you bail to America, probably will be on all kinds of TV stations and news, ect.

  • jake

    Free ticket to America, just sign here and sit around a bit? I agree, its easy for the ego mind to think you’re a hero when you sign up for this, but once you get threats you bail to America, probably will be on all kinds of TV stations and news, ect.

  • jake

    I just think people need to realize the divide between good and evil is long gone, and in its place is a small border in the mind of the public, those on the outside looking in laugh at the notion of good and evil, they control it all.

  • jake

    I just think people need to realize the divide between good and evil is long gone, and in its place is a small border in the mind of the public, those on the outside looking in laugh at the notion of good and evil, they control it all.

  • Anonymous

    Our Country created this, our scientists created these, our system dropped these drugs off down South with specific instructions. Our country will soon be in the same shoes as Mexico. We fund both sides as we always have.

  • Investinourftre

    Our Country created this, our scientists created these, our system dropped these drugs off down South with specific instructions. Our country will soon be in the same shoes as Mexico. We fund both sides as we always have.

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