While Wednesday's stand-off may have heightened safety concerns, it revealed little in the way of lax security practices.
The government arrested the mother and brother of La Familia cartel leader this week. Is that an effective strategy – or will it backfire?
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?
From Guatemala to Panama, Central America is becoming a battleground for Mexican cartels.