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Mexico Under Siege: 2011

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.

  • U.S. missionary fatally wounded in Mexico

    U.S. missionary fatally wounded in Mexico

    A U.S. missionary died at a southern Texas hospital Wednesday after her husband rushed her, mortally wounded, over the Rio Grande from Mexico. Sam Davis told police that he and his wife were traveling about 70 miles south of the border when gunmen in a pickup truck tried to stop them. When the...

  • In Mexico City, crowds protest drug violence

    Tens of thousands descend on downtown with placards saying 'No more blood!' and 'We're fed up!' More than 34,000 have died since President Felipe Calderon began cracking down on cartels.

  • U.S. AK-47s linked to Mexican attorney's slaying

    U.S. AK-47s linked to Mexican attorney's slaying

    A U.S. congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial federal gun-running surveillance operation, moves to Mexico amid reports that two assault weapons sold in Arizona were found at the scene of a shootout with the suspects in a Mexican attorney's slaying.

  • Unraveling Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel

    Unraveling Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel

    As drug smugglers from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico sent a never-ending stream of cocaine across the border and into a vast U.S. distribution web in Los Angeles, DEA agents were watching and listening.

  • The strands of the Sinaloa drug cartel web

    The strands of the Sinaloa drug cartel web

    Channeling the Mexican cartel's nonstop river of cocaine onto trucks bound for cities in the U.S. requires a vast labyrinth of smugglers working in L.A. And women like Lupita, a no-nonsense psychic with a short fuse.

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