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20-year-old student takes on Mexican drug cartels

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20-year-old student takes on Mexican drug cartels


One of Mexico’s most dangerous drug war towns on the US border, Praxedis has a new police chief with a difference. She is Marisol Valles and she is just 20.

The young criminology student and mother of a baby boy is not your usual tough talking burly law enforcer, but she is determined to make a difference.

With just 13 agents, nine of whom are women, one working patrol car and three automatic rifles and a pistol – Valles faces having to take on the drug cartels.

Her patch of Praxedis is in Chihuahua, Mexico’s most violent state. Drug wars there have killed almost 7,000 people since 2008. as the cartels fight each other for lucrative smuggling routes into the US.

So far the young police rookie has not received any death threats – but she has only been in the job for one week.

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