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.
In Mexico, traffickers have targeted the Catholic church with extortion and deadly threats.
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.
Mexico's drug wars are spilling over into the US, forcing Obama's administration to refocus attention on the border.
A newspaper editor, a columnist, police officers, and bar patrons are among those killed in separate acts of violence this past week.