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Tortured body of doctor found in oil drum

the body November 6, 1997
Web posted at: 7:32 p.m. EST (0032 GMT)

IGUALA, Mexico (CNN) -- The body of a doctor believed to have been involved in the plastic surgery death of a top Mexican drug lord in July has been found.

The bodies of Jaime Godoy Singh and two other people were found stuffed into oil drums, partially filled with cement and abandoned along the main highway between Mexico City and Acapulco.

The grisly discovery was made Wednesday near the town of Iguala in Guerrero state, about 70 miles (110 km) southeast of Mexico City.

There was evidence that Godoy Singh, 37, and the others, who authorities say had been dead about a week, were tortured. The other bodies have so far not been identified.

Amado Carrillo Fuentes, known as the "Lord of the Skies" for his pioneering use of jetliners to ferry cocaine, died July 4 while recovering from plastic surgery and liposuction in a Mexico City maternity clinic. Police believe the surgery was designed to change Carrillo Fuentes' appearance in an effort to help him evade capture.

Since Carrillo Fuentes' death, police had been looking for Godoy Singh and other doctors believed to have been involved in the surgery. Many Mexicans had speculated that the doctors' lives could be in danger from the powerful Juarez cocaine cartel, which Carrillo Fuentes was thought to control.

Amado Carrillo

Police said the bodies had been handcuffed and blindfolded. They had been strangled and at least one shot in the neck. The victims' fingernails had been pulled out, and their chests and arms were covered with burns -- apparent signs of torture.

Godoy Singh's family had reported him missing nearly three weeks ago. His body was identified by his brother from dental fixtures.

His relatives say that two friends, also doctors, had been with him when he was last seen. It was not immediately known whether they participated in Carrillo Fuentes' surgery -- or if they were the other two bodies found.

Authorities shied away from directly placing the blame for Godoy Singh's death on the Juarez cartel. But when asked whether the deaths were related to drug trafficking, Guerrero state judicial police spokesman Gustavo Menije said, "Everything appears to indicate they were."

Carrillo Fuentes survived the surgery but died hours later from a mix of anesthetic and a sleeping drug, Dormicum, which led to heart failure.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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