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

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

  1. Hadrian999 | Mar 5, 2011 at 2:11 am |

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

  2. Hadrian999 | Mar 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm |

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

    • 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 | Mar 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm |

        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 | Mar 6, 2011 at 1:21 am |

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

        • 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 | Mar 6, 2011 at 9:40 am |

            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?

  3. Weekendsvanatta | Mar 5, 2011 at 6:17 am |

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

  4. Weekendsvanatta | Mar 5, 2011 at 2:17 am |

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

  5. 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.

  6. Bud Bundy | Mar 5, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    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?

  7. Bud Bundy | Mar 5, 2011 at 5:39 am |

    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?

    • “So why dont we do it?”

      The War on Drugs is big business.

    • Hadrian999 | Mar 5, 2011 at 9:50 am |

      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 | Mar 5, 2011 at 10:57 am |

      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 | Mar 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

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

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

    • MoralDrift | Mar 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

      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”

  8. “So why dont we do it?”

    The War on Drugs is big business.

  9. Bobbiethejean | Mar 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

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

  10. Bobbiethejean | Mar 5, 2011 at 8:24 am |

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

  11. Hadrian999 | Mar 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |

    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

  12. E.B. Wolf | Mar 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |

    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.

  13. Anonymous | Mar 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |

    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

  14. Anonymous_Reader | Mar 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm |

    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

  15. WhiteRose | Mar 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm |

    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.

  16. WhiteRose | Mar 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm |

    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.

  17. WhiteRose | Mar 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm |

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

  18. Anonymous | Mar 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

    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”

  19. Cute for a pig, but still a pig.

  20. Cute for a pig, but still a pig.

  21. E.B. Wolf | Mar 6, 2011 at 1:45 am |

    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.

  22. Hadrian999 | Mar 6, 2011 at 5:21 am |

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. E.B. Wolf | Mar 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

    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?

  26. E.B. Wolf | Mar 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    I’m sure they are.

  27. E.B. Wolf | Mar 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    I’m sure they are.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Anonymous | Mar 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    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.

  33. Investinourftre | Mar 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |

    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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