DEL Records is a record company that has become famous for promoting the nascent careers of young exponents of regional Mexican music. Featherweightthe 23-year-old singer from Guadalajara who has gained international relevance, is one of the examples clearer on how the company has led budding singers to stardom. Gerardo Ortiz is another of the names that manages.
But, despite the fact that this record label has promoted the career of emerging artists in Mexican territory, in 2018 it was involved in a controversy after it the US authorities revealed that DEL Records would be laundering money for the New Generation Cartel (CNG).
Precisely, The link between this label and the criminal organization led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”, came to light after a concert by Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz.
Dangerous farandula, from Gerardo Ortiz to Featherweight
Jaime Barrera recalled in his column that at the beginning of May the singer of the regional Mexican genre, Gerardo Ortiz, will be called as a witness in the trial against Ángel del Villar, general director of the DEL Records label, which since 2018 was designated by the United States Department of the Treasury for the crime of money laundering linked to the criminal organization “El Mecho”; and He recalled when in the previous six-year term the prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer suspended his concerts, declared him persona “non grata” for Jalisco and imprisoned him for apology of the crime in July 2016.
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Before, in March, On the Change.org platform, signatures were requested to remove the video “Fuiste Mía” from YouTube and Vevoin which a man jealous for an alleged infidelity beats and locks his partner in a luxury car, to then set it on fire and commit a femicide.
The state government and the federal government, through the Ministry of the Interior, condemned the dissemination of this video, since it “clearly invited violence against women” and prohibited its dissemination, The Zapopan authorities had to sanction the municipal police officers who participated with their patrols in some scenes of the videostarring Ortiz, also known for his songs dedicated to drug lords and gangsters.
Weeks later, Barrera noted, The State Prosecutor’s Office issued a production order against the singer because the farm where that production was made had been seized in 2014 after seizing weapons and detaining 14 people..
Accused of defending the crime, The State Prosecutor’s Office was granted an arrest warrant against Ortiz in May 2016, and achieved his arrest, in a couple of daystwo months later, on July 17, upon arrival at the Guadalajara airport.
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It is noteworthy that after these episodes, and despite the US government’s investigation into the owner of DEL Records, accused of doing business with Jesús Pérez Avelar, a music promoter who is also accused of laundering money from organized crimein the recent fight between Saúl “El Canelo” Álvarez, which the state government profusely promoted as part of the celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Jalisco as a free and sovereign State, the boxer from Jalisco has presented as one of his guests of honor the singer of recentbut very high-grossing appearance, Featherweight, whose videos on social networks are also imprinted by DEL Records.
Barrera assures that we will have to see what happens, well, with the Ortiz testimonies and the future of that musical company that now also promotes Featherweight, after the trial of Del Villar and his finance director, Lucas Scalisi, who They were arrested in June 2022 by the FBI, and they continue their process at liberty accused of promoting dangerous show business.”
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