10/21/2010 03:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marisol Valles Garcia Heads Police In Crime-Addled Mexican Town (WATCH)

Marisol Valles Garcia recently became the police chief of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a crime-ridden town near Ciudad Juarez, epicenter of drug cartel activity. She is 20, and the mother of an infant child.

"I want to coexist with my people, family and community," she said.

WATCH: Reuters reports on Garcia's acceptance of the role and community reaction: