Severed head left at grave of Mexican drug lord

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CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — A severed human head and a flower have been found in front of the tomb of deceased drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva in northern Mexico.

Prosecutors in Sinaloa state say the man’s headless body was found in a plastic bag atop the tomb of another drug trafficker in the Jardines del Humaya cemetery in Culiacan.

Prosecutors’ spokesman Martin Gastelum says the severed head had a flower tucked behind one ear. It had been carefully placed in front of the entrance gate to Beltran Leyva’s elaborate, multistory crypt.

Police found it after receiving a telephone tip.

Beltran Leyva was killed in a Dec. 16 shootout with Mexican marines.

Suspected cartel hit men later killed four relatives of a marine who died in the shootout.