It's doubtful, experts say, despite reports that Iranian plotters tried to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US in Washington.
The Mexican government and police efforts in the Mexican drug war are often undermined by the control that organized crime has on the political system.
Father Andres Larios counsels teens in the rural valley region in Mexico’s south called Tierra Caliente, where he grew up – and where some 15,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since December 2006.
As Mexico struggles to contain its drug traffickers and endemic corruption, Colombia, which has long developed strategies to confront both, may provide a guide.
Urging Mexico to strive for a better health care system could relieve the burden on US taxpayers.