President Obama, are you listening? Instead of sending troops to Central Africa maybe you should be sending them into Mexico to assist the Government there to eliminate the drug cartels that are sending hundreds of tons of drugs into the USA every year! You have a war on your southern border; do something about it, now!
Marisol Valles García, 21 years, a mother, graduate in crimonology and the former Police Chief job in the town of Praxedis G Guerrero, 50 miles east of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a few miles from near the Texas frontier now lives with her family in a safe house in the USA.
This is her story gleaned from various media and FBI reports.
Every year US$300 billion of drugs are smuggled from Mexico into the USA. Praxedis is the epicenter of this operation. Therefore, a vicious battle for this lucrative area is fought between different cartels. It is more dangerous for civilians then Afghanistan!
Some useful background information.
– 40,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderón declared war on the drugs cartels in 2006. The region of Chihuahua – encompassing Ciudad Juarez and towns in the surrounding Juarez Valley – is by far the worst affected area.
– In 2010, 4,500 people were killed in Chihuahua state alone, as the cartels slaughtered each other – and innocent bystanders – to wrestle for control of the valuable trafficking routes.
– Ms Valles’s predecessor as chief of police, Juan Manuel Carbajal, 45, was executed as he drove through the streets of the town of Caseta. His predecessor, Martín Castro Martínez, 62, was four days into the job when he was abducted. His head was left outside the police station in a coolbox.
– Originally they had 18 police. But 16 of them were killed or fled.
– Mayor José Luis Guerrero de la Peña took the job because there were no other candidates. His predecessor Rito Grado Serrano, 59, and his son Rigoberto Grado Villa, 37, were executed in their homes in October last year. Their deaths took to 13 the number of mayors murdered in Mexico in 2010. The tally for 2011 is still being tallied!
– A 75-year-old grandmother, whose grandson was on the wrong side of the tracks, has been told she will be killed inside Mexico.
– A businessman from Chihuahua who refused to pay extortion money to the gangs was snatched by a cartel from a sports stadium and, while his friends were watching, they sliced his feet off.
– In the west, the Sinaloa cartel has assumed monstrous proportions, with its leader Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán the FBI’s most wanted man, after the death of bin Laden.
– Apparently a FBI agent is in a safe house in the USA as a hit has been sanctioned by the drug cartels!
Media reports on Marisol Valles García :
“Kids that I went to school with, humble kids, would suddenly start driving flash cars. I’d ask them ‘Where did you get the money for that?’ and they would reply with a shrug, ‘I’m working’. We all knew what they were up to.”
He would help Ms Valles’s mother run errands, and was quietly making his way in the world – until he was gunned down, aged 22, while driving his car. His grandfather, sitting in the passenger seat, was also executed.
Despite initial suspicion, she and her all-women team of police would conduct house-to-house inquiries, mediating in domestic violence cases, talking to parents worried that their children were going off the rails, and finding ways of keeping the young people out of the clutches of the cartels.
“I was with my mother when the first call came on my mobile,” she said. “It was a ‘number withheld’ call, so I was a bit suspicious, but I actually thought it must be a joke. I answered, and a voice on the other end said: ‘Didn’t you receive the message? We don’t want you here.’
“I was angry at that – I don’t know how, as looking back it was terrifying. But I answered back, and said to them, ‘I’ve told you, I am not messing with you. I’m not armed, and I’m not interested in you. All I am doing is my job, to help the community’.
“It’s very difficult – you have obligations,” she explained. “But it was very frightening, even in the middle of the day. You’d see a car pass by slowly, and wonder whether they had given you a bad look.
The calls kept on coming, with increasingly detailed knowledge about her movements. The cartels told her that if she supplied information to them, on police operations and municipal projects, she would be allowed to live.
“We didn’t tell anyone – we just left, stuffing anything we could into a bag. My dad was furious, my mum was crying, panicking that she had forgotten keys or a bag or something. We were all hysterical, terrified. We thought we could be stopped at any moment.
“So they let us flee. Once over, I began to breathe again – even though I had never crossed before, and didn’t speak a word of English. We called an uncle in the US to tell him what had happened, and here we are, waiting for our asylum process.”
Praxedis itself is surrounded by soldiers. Troops have taken over the local sports hall and are using it as their barracks, crouching behind sandbags, training binoculars on everyone entering and leaving the town.
For more information, see www.marisol-valles.com