03/04/11 – Earlier this week, Marisol Valles García, 20, resigned from her position as police chief of a town called Praxedis G. Guerrero in Chihuahua due to death threats from organized crime members. She and her family are currently seeking help and protection from the US. A relative of hers has stated that Marisol “has already left to the US along with two family members in order to ask for protection, since she has received numerous death threats from a criminal organization that wanted to force her to work for them.” Spokesman Andrés Arreola Morales stated that Valles García suddenly stopped showing up to work. A substitute will be chosen next Monday to take her place.
Valles García assumed the position of police chief October 18 of last year. She was 20 years old and in the process of obtaining a degree in criminology at the University of Guadalajara. The former police chief was gunned down in July 2009 and the town had been unable to find a replacement for more than a year. She gained international attention for her actions and many began to call her the “bravest woman in the world.” Praxedis G. Guerrero is located close to Ciudad Juárez, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous areas in Mexico. The Juarez and Sinaloa cartels constantly compete for control over the main highway as a primary drug trafficking route.