Mexican gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre Cantu, the leading PRI candidate in Tamaulipas state, was gunned down Monday by suspected drug cartel hitmen. President Felipe Calderon says the drug lords are interfering with Mexico's election process.
In a raid Wednesday, Mexico police shot Arturo Beltran Leyva, the "boss of bosses," the top drug lord in the country. Beltran is the highest ranking figure taken down since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006.
Who are the most powerful cartels, what are the risks of using the military to confront them, and how much progress has Mexico made so far?
Eye-to-eye across the US-Mexican border, two communities confront drugs, guns, and misconceptions.
From Guatemala to Panama, Central America is becoming a battleground for Mexican cartels.
The arrest of a top drug cartel chief in Cancún comes a week after a deadly shootout killed 16 alleged cartel members and two soldiers in Acapulco.
The freeing of more than 50 inmates at a state prison – allegedly by members of a drug cartel – garnered headlines worldwide.
A newspaper editor, a columnist, police officers, and bar patrons are among those killed in separate acts of violence this past week.