Nearly two-thirds of the guns are believed to be in Mexico and at least one weapon has been connected to the death of a border patrol agent.
Thursday afternoon’s attack was motivated by money not ideology. Mexican law enforcement officials believe the burning was the result of a refusal to pay an extortion to one side in an ongoing war among drug cartels.
As the drug war continues to produce more bodies than results, a UCLA professor says he has a different approach: Provide a market incentive for a more peaceful drug business by targeting enforcement against the most violent traffickers and dealers.
Mexican President Felipe Calderón called the fire-bombing of a Monterrey casino an act of "terror." It's one of the few times the president has referred to terrorism during the country's drug war.
The fire chief of Alamo, Texas said the continuing drug violence in Mexico makes it too dangerous for his men. Firefighters will respond to calls near the Rio Grande during the day only with the Border Patrol.
UCSD medical students don't have far to go to get some real world experience in global health. A new free clinic is operating in Tijuana that's staffed by students from both sides of the border.
The FDA has just approved an antivenom that is effective against potentially deadly scorpion bites, which are common throughout the Southwest. It is believed to be the first time the regulatory agency approves a scorpion antivenom.
There is a worldwide shortage of of antivenom, in part, because there is little economic incentive for drug companies to produce it. Despite the expense and challenge, a Mexican company is a leader in the production of anti-venom and wants to sell it to the world, including the United States. In the last of a two-part series exploring this public health issue, travel to Mexico to learn how horses are key to producing the antivenom.
Antivenom is dangerously low or exhausted in many parts of the U.S. In the first part of a series looking at this public health issue, it turns out the solution may be a drug from Mexico credited with saving lives throughout the Southwest "Venom Belt."
Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez is accused of ordering the shooting that killed a U.S. consulate worker and a sheriff's deputy from El Paso in Juarez last year.