Saturday, March 22, 2008

Mexican police chief requests asylum in New Mexico 

More proof, if any is needed, that the situation in Mexico remains grim. The police are overmatched by the drug gangs.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) - The police chief of a Mexican border town has requested asylum in the United States, where he told authorities his two officers have fled and he does not know their whereabouts.
The Luna County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Border Patrol say Emilio Perez of Palomas came to the port of entry at Columbus late Tuesday night, requesting political asylum.

The agent-in-charge of the Border Patrol station in Deming, Rick Moody, says Perez is in the protection of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Authorities have reported an increase in drug-related violence in Palomas, where at least four people have been fatally shot in recent weeks. - Mexican police chief requests asylum in New Mexico 


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