Mexico Under Siege: 2008

Since June 2008, Los Angeles Times reporters and photographers have chronicled, from both sides of the border, the savage struggle among Mexican drug cartels for control over the lucrative drug trade to the U.S. The conflict has left thousands dead, paralyzed whole cities with fear, and spawned a culture of corruption reaching the upper levels of the Mexican state.

Army's role in Mexico drug war seen as crucial yet risky

Observers fear the deployment will hurt democracy and civil institutions, but they see no alternative.

Drug war mayhem instills a new fear

Drug-related killings have taken thousands of lives, but now those uninvolved in the cartel battles are falling victim, even children.

Mexico drug war's costs, risks exported to U.S.

Officers and others wounded across the border are increasingly being transferred to an El Paso hospital.

Mexico drug wars spill across the border

Few regions of the U.S. are immune to drug-trafficking organizations that have left a trail of death, kidnappings and other crimes.

Another bloody night in Sinaloa, Mexico

Five Mexico police agents were killed in a shoot-out in Culiacan after being ambushed by suspected drug cartel gunmen who opened fire at an intersection outside an enormous casino. The shooters escaped.

23 seconds of the Mexican drug war

When four people in a Monterrey jewelry store were killed by gunmen who took nothing, few doubted that it was a message.

Death toll in Mexico's drug war surges

Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora says 5,376 people have been killed so far in 2008, more than twice the toll for the first 11 months of 2007.

Mystery man blamed for gruesome Tijuana deaths

Teodoro Garcia Simental is believed to run a network of hide-outs where kidnap victims are caged. And he is said to be behind most of Tijuana's gang war bloodshed.

Drug crackdown has little effect on money laundering

Wenceslao Alvarez is accused of using his Los Mapaches soccer team as a cover for hiding and moving millions of dollars for the Gulf cartel. But in many cases, the laundering network spins unhindered.

In Sinaloa, the drug trade has infiltrated 'every corner of life'

'Narcos' have made their way into government, business and culture in this Pacific state, where kids want to grow up to be traffickers.

Mistrust bedevils war on Mexican drug cartels

The U.S. and Mexico agree that cartels have morphed into crime syndicates that pose an urgent security threat to the region. But working together has not been easy.