A drug cartel reportedly stitched the face of a dead rival on a soccer ball.

Mexico City (WiredPRNews.com) – The body of a Mexico drug cartel member was reportedly found dismembered after his Jan. 2 disappearance. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the face of Hugo Hernandez, 36, was found sewn onto a soccer ball days after the assailants abducted him and left his detached body parts on the Los Mochis streets in various locations.

As noted in the report, the brutal crime illustrates the increasing level of violence that is part of a drug war in areas of Mexico such as Sinaloa state. In addition to violence between rival cartels, there have been acts of violence committed against journalists in the country who have reported on related deaths and other events, which has led to many limiting news coverage on the cartels.

Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan is quoted by the AP as stating that despite the high level of violence, “we have begun to see important results in the ability of U.S. government to detain the flows” of weapons and money into the country at the U.S. and Mexico border.

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