20-year-old Mexican police chief fired after failing to show up for work
Officials last week denied reports that Marisol Valles Garcia had abandoned her post.
March 7th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

20-year-old Mexican police chief fired after failing to show up for work

Police chief Marisol Valles Garcia has been fired, an official in Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico, said Monday.

The 20-year-old criminology student made headlines when she took the reins of the police force in one of the most violent cities in the border state of Chihuahua. It's common for police officers in Praxedis to be abducted and killed.

"Marisol did not show up for work this morning as she was expected," town secretary Andres Morales said. "Since she was on a personal leave that expired today and did not reach out to us over the weekend, she now faces termination.  It is now an official matter.  We don't know anything about her whereabouts. Our attempts to get a hold of her during the weekend were unsuccessful."

Praxedis Mayor Jose Luis Guerrero told CNN last week that Valles Garcia was on personal leave because her 8-month-old baby was sick. He said she was expected back at work Monday.

"Marisol, in fact, still works here and she's still getting paid. She comes back on Monday," he said.

Praxedis is located about 35 miles southeast of Ciudad Juarez, one of the bloodiest cities in world.

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  1. marny

    The other piece of this puzzle is the appearance of erratic and deplorable behavior of her superiors to terminate her for not showing up on Monday. My thought is that they know exactly what is going on, where she is and her intent to defraud our govt. with horrific tales about abduction and death threats. If she is being pursued by the cartel and fired from herjob, she may as well be exiled from her country. It is emotional blackmail because, if we say no to this young girl and her baby, we will be tagged as "barbaric" without compassion. I guess being considered idiots is less of a blow to our ego. It is a damn shame.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gtsmoker

    She is seeking asylum in US after she requested time off last week to travel to the United States in order to seek medical treatment for her infant son.

    Isn't that why they all come?

    March 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gtsmoker

    She is seeking asylum here after she requested time off last week to travel to the United States in order to seek medical treatment for her infant son.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sherron Teal

    MEXICO IS CRAP PERIOD! Even in Acapulco Americans were murdered the other day!! THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE THERE PEROD!!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Allen

    seems insane when only a naive 20 year old would take that job. can't blame her for taking off, she knew if she stuck around it was only a matter of time before she was killed. The police there cannot even protect themselves, much less the public. It's going to come down to someone putting a military presence there and smoking out those involved in the creation of the situation. I want to say the Mexican government will do something, but obviously the cartels need to literally blow the town to pieces before they will do anything that matters. Something tells me it's going to be the US that will have to stabilize the area.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. guest

    chris you idiot the spaiards came from europe and mexicans came from spainards so most in the us or mex have ancestors in the east

    March 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Gigi

      I want to say that you are wrong! First of all, it is spell spanner

      May 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gigi

      I want to say that you are wrong! First of all, it is spell spainers. Second of all, mexicans come from different tribes of backgrounds ( Indians) go back to history and do some research buddy!

      May 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gigi

      As you can see, their faces is a give away! Like they say in Mexico why do
      we need a flag if we have enough with are faces! Lmao

      May 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard

    This saying keeps popping into my head when I read this. "All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing" I might not have it quite right, but I think most will get the point.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. HelenHull102951

    Can't find her cause her and her whole litter are probably sitting in Calif drawing welfare and collecting food-stamps living the good life on the American's tax-dollars given to her by our "SPEAR-CHUKER" prez.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gigi

      or maybe it was all a show to get what she wanted which was to come to the USA.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Doesn't matter where you go, where you get your habit. All this has been going on for a decade. Aint no stoppin now. Mexico is Mexico, use your brain everyone comes from all over thru Mexico, outsiders destroy for everyone else, just like everyone comes to the USA from all over. Corruption is every where. Cartels have power you know balls. They can't be beat.

    March 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeremy

    we all have problems as a white person in the usa leave mexico alone i work with some hard workin mexicans and they go out of there way to help and the mexican ladys 50% of them are hot and make good wifes

    March 9, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. John F B

    Uh...let's look at the situation from a factual standpoint okay?

    Violence in Mexico is directly fueled by America's insatiable desire for drugs.

    "In the past four years, Mexican and U.S. authorities have traced more than 60,000 weapons from the nation's bloody drug wars back to some of the 7,500 U.S. gun dealers along the border. The dealers with the most traces in the past two years are in Texas, Arizona and California and are near highways that cross the border and go deep into Mexico." Washingtonpost.com

    Now it is unamerican to suggest that you curb the sale of guns your fine country where everyone has the right to bear arms but your government policies are killing many thousands of Mexicans, destroying families and leaving the majority of the population in many regions living in fear.

    Look in the mirror before you trash talk a whole country when your country is primarily responsible for the carnage.

    March 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John F B

    Further to my previous post I am a Canadian living in Mexico City. I also have American relatives and an American son living in Austin. I do not blame the average American for what is going on. Most people are reasonable and abhor what is going on. My theory is simple. Follow the money. When you see who is making the money you find the people responsible. So ask yourself the question. Who is profiting from this "war on drugs"? Yes, for sure the cartels, they rake in billions each year. They are better armed than the Mexican police and military forces. But why is that? Where do they get their arms? From the US companies that are making HUGE profits.

    Here is a very good article on the situation in Mexico:


    To quote from the article:

    "It is time for the Obama administration to listen to the Mexican people and not only to his military advisers. The roots of the problem obviously lie in the lack of regulation of the sale of assault weapons and in the high drug consumption in the US: 90% of weapons confiscated from Mexican cartels come from the US. But if it is not politically feasible to attend to these issues, the Obama administration can at least change the emphasis of its policy towards Mexico. The central objective should be the reduction of violence and the establishment of the rule of law. Without this, everything else is doomed to fail."

    March 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. idecomp

    Old news... CNN, a little more effort on your stories. You bore me now.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zenaida

    The drug business is a multi billion dollar business in Mexico. Thats the reason the system got so corrupt. She was naive to take this job and in my criminology class (when she first took the job) we discussed the fact that she was nuts. The cartels kill not only you but they go after your family. In our class we were told of a cartel who showed up at the house and killed an unarmed woman. Then they FRIED her child in a pan videotaped it and send it to her husband.

    The drug cartel's are ruthless. The majority of the drug trade is fed off the United States demand for illegal drugs. In order to cure the whole drug problem they need to put a military presence at our borders to keep the drugs from coming in. Mexico's system is so corrupt it would take a cleanse of the whole system to get rid of the crooked judges, lawyers, cops and others who turn the other way. The Mexican military has been fighting the cartels with the help of the DEA and others. Now they need to stop the flow of US made guns to Mexico.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. don't be a sucker

    she should have been fired when her stupid-rose tinted glasses wearing-candyland mind came up with the brilliant idea that her police force wasn't going to carry guns

    i knew she was a joke when CNN first ran her story months ago...with the same picture of her btw

    April 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
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