Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Woman Police Chief Slain in Meoqui

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 |


The body of Hermila Garcia Quinones lies covered next to her car in Los Garcia November 29, 2010. Garcia Quinones, a police chief, was killed by gunmen and Mexican soldiers found 18 bodies buried on a ranch near the Texas border on Monday in the latest bout of unrelenting violence in northern Mexico.

The woman leading the police department in the northern Mexican town of Meoqui was slain while driving to work, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said Monday.

Hermila Garcia was named last month as chief of the 90-strong police force in Meoqui, located 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Chihuahua city, the state capital. In recent months, Meoqui had started to see some of this violence. A once peaceful town, the drug violence-related death tally has shot up to 40 deaths so far this year. Normally that death count would account for homicides over seven years.

Garcia was found fatally shot in her car at a spot near her home about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the town center, the AG’s office said.

Mexican federal police officers man a roadblock in the town of Meoqui, state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico, Monday Nov. 29, 2010 after the police chief of the town was gunned down.

Authorities suspect the police chief, whose prior experience included working as an investigator for the federal AG’s office, was murdered by gunmen working for drug traffickers or other organized crime elements.

"La Jefa," as she was known to her police agents, didn't carry weapons or have bodyguards.

"If you don't owe anything, you don't fear anything," she was fond of saying when asked why she didn't have security.

Mexican media reported that Garcia was single and lived with her parents, whom she supported financially.

Silvia Molina, the top administrative official of the police department in Ciudad Juarez, the state’s largest city, was murdered in 2008.

Policing has become a job so dangerous that men are now shying away from such posts. The state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas, has three other female police chiefs. Just last month 20-year-old criminology student Marisol Valles was appointed chief of police in Praxedis, in the Juarez valley, a key drug smuggling route just across the border from Texas also in Chihuahua state. Why did a 20-year-old mother accept the position? No one else would. Her predecessor was kidnapped more than a year ago. His head was deposited outside the police station a few days after he disappeared. After that, no one came forward to fill the police chief vacancy for more than a year -- until Valles was appointed top cop by the town's mayor

Other women who have taken top policing jobs because no men would include two housewives: Verenica Rios Ontiveros and Olga Herrera Castillo, who took over policing jobs in El Vergel and Villa de Luz, both in Juarez, now known as the "murder capital" of the world due to its high murder rate. The Juarez valley has had more than 2,700 drug violence-related deaths this year.

Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico’s murder capital, with more than 2,700 homicides so far this year and roughly 8,000 slain since the beginning of 2008.

The carnage is blamed on a bitter turf battle between rival drug cartels, itself part of a wider conflict involving the gangs and the Mexican security forces that has claimed nearly 30,000 lives nationwide over the past four years.

Chihuahua has accounted for around a third of all the drug war fatalities.

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11 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

FUCKING COWARDS ! REAL MEN DO NOT KILL DEFENSLESS WOMAN. THEY ARE PARASITES !

Anonymous said...

"didn't carry weapons or have bodyguards." Am I the only one that thinks that this is just stupid on her part....did she think she was going to use her words as a weapon against fools....she had the RIGHT to carry gun and chose NOT TO!!! I'm sorry but dead is DEAD!!! We all know that these people are cowards and parasites but to make a decision to NOT defend yourself is just stupidity in the midst of a war!! Whatever the message was that she was sending by being weaponless is silent now.

Anonymous said...

these are no men. they have no balls...they are murderers!

Matt said...

Cowards indeed. She is a hero, and I hope she turns into a martyr that motivates the rest of Mexico to take action.

Grab a gun, kill a cartel clown, and take back your towns.

Also, when you kill a cartel member, take their guns and give it to a patriotic citizen of Mexico. The ability to kill a cartel member or protect the towns and families of Mexico, all depends on the ability of citizens to obtain guns.

Lutticres said...

bastards , and cowars that what they are , i hope they catch them , who ever hurt this young wamen , she did not deserve this , from what i read , she did not carry weapons or security , that was kinda , not smart , but what can we do now , we cant bring her back , i just hope that the iriets who did that , get hang by the balls , and pay for their crime ,

Anonymous said...

How can she be a hero if she didn't even try to defend herself. I'm missing a point somewhere here....can someone help me to understand how she is a hero??????

Anonymous said...

the hero dies...the cobarde lives

Anonymous said...

For your imformation she did carry a weapon and she did pull it out after they blocked her car, but the cowards came from behind and shot her. if you look at other fotos you can see her gun right by her. And she took this job because she was tired of her people living in fear in a town she was raised in. She knew that their where risk, but she wanted change even if her life depended on it. how manny people in history have died for thier people. Perhaps not for you, but for me and the people of Meoqui she is are HERO. Rest In Peace Hermila love Your Cousin

Anonymous said...

"How can she be a hero if she didn't even try to defend herself. I'm missing a point somewhere here....can someone help me to understand how she is a hero??????"

She was a hero for the what she did while she was alive, not for how she died!

Anonymous said...

The USA drug consumer is the problem.
Lets have "Don't do Drugs Day" in the USA.
Then a "Don't do Drugs Month"...
It will definitely make an impact

Anonymous said...

Sorry !!! To hear about her death. but to take on a position weaponless and no bodyguards,Is not very smart. You are really not a match against the cartels with weapons and bodyguards.She had to know that this was going to happen.May God Bless her.

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