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Julión Álvarez isn't the first regional Mexican singer to be linked to drug trafficking

Many Mexican musicians used the drug trade and organized crime as inspiration for their songs, but in a few cases link to the cartels have gone deeper than that. Read more about the alleged drug trafficker behind Julión Álvarez and Rafael Márquez.

Por: Univision
Publicado: 10 Aug | 05:04 PM EDT
Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
This August 9, Julión Álvarez was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for his alleged relationship with alleged drug trafficker Raúl Flores Hernández. His wife Nataly Fernández is the former girlfriend of Valentín Elizalde who was murdered by suspected drug traffickers in 2006. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
Julián Álvarez is not the first of the regional Mexican singers to be linked to the shady world of drug traffickers. The late Jenni Rivera was also linked to drug cartel parties in some media reports. Rivera, along with six others, died in a plane crash near Iturbide, Nuevo León on December 9, 2012. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
A witness linked to a drug trafficker, Édgar Valdez Villarreal, alias 'La Barbie', was quoted as saying 'the great lady' had sung in his 'narcofiestas', according to El Debate. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Ramón Ayala
The case of Ramón Ayala, known as 'The Accordion King' is one of the most famous singers to have been linked to 'narcofiestas.'
Foto: Instagram / @IAmRamonAyala | Univision
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Ramon ayala
In 2009, the interpreter of 'Bitter Liquor' ('Tragos de amargo licor') was arrested while he was entertaining an alleged narcofiesta in Cuernavaca, Morelos, supposedly attended by the drug trafficker known as 'La Barbie.' Foto: Grosby Group | Univision
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Ramón Ayala nos platicó de sus inicios en estos 50 años de carrera.
Ayala was released after he was cleared of links to drug trafficking. Foto: Univision Radio | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
The murder of the Juan Sebastián González in 2010 also raised suspicions that his father Joan Sebastian had ties to drug trafficking. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
Soon after the death of his son, Joan Sebastian offered a press conference to clear the family name. "I'm not a drug trafficker," he said angrily, according to People en Español. Sebastian was awarded seven Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards, making him the most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history. He died of cancer in 2015. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Vicente Fernandez
Ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez was investigated for drug money laundering at the end of 2013. Foto: Getty Images | Univision
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Vicente Fernández
Concerts in Spain by Vicente Ferrnandez, 'El Charro de Huentitán,' were used to launder money from Colombian drug trafficking, according to some media reports. The singer was later cleared as suspicion turned to the music promoter who took him to Spain, according to El Debate. Foto: Mezcalent.com | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
The Tucanes de Tijuana were accused by authorities for violating a ban on narcocorridos which celebrate the lives of drug traffickers and are considered “acts against public security.” Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
In June, the government in Tijauna cancelled a Tucanes concert because of the group's reputation for narcocorridos. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Gerardo Ortiz
Gerardo Ortiz has also gotten into trouble for his narcocorridos about drug traffickers like 'El Chapo' and Dámaso López Nuñez. Foto: Univision | Univision
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Gerardo Ortiz
The Office of the Attorney General investigated Gerardo Ortiz for links to organized crime and illicit income, according to the newspaper La Jornada. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Los Tigres del Norte
In May, Los Tigres del Norte were fined $25,000 by the city of Chihuahua for singing about drug smugglers in a well-known ballad about Camelia the Texan, a woman who smuggles drugs into the United States and then murders her lover in a jealous rage. Foto: Univision | Univision
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Valentin elizalde
Rumors surrounded the death of Valentín Elizalde in 2006. It was speculated that the singer was killed for playing the song 'To my enemies,' which is considered as a message of 'El Chapo' for the Zetas. His former girlfriend Nataly Fernández is now married to Julión Álvarez.
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Valentín Elizalde
Valentín Elizalde, 'El Gallo de Oro,' was gunned down in an ambush in 2006 along with his manager, Mario Mendoza, and his driver, Raymundo Ballesteros in Reynosa, Mexico. In 2008, the Attorney General's Office attributed the deaths to the Zetas. Foto: Facebook / Valentín Elizalde 'El Gallo de Oro' | Univision
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Paulo Sergio Gómez Sánchez, vocalista del grupo K-paz de la Sierra, fue...
Another death surrounded by uncertainty is that of Sergio Gómez Sánchez, vocalist of the group K-Paz de la Sierra, kidnapped after performing at a dance in Morelia, Michoacán. Foto: AFP | Univision
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Sergio Gómez, vocalista de "K-Paz de la Sierra" fue torturado, asesinado...
The singer Sergio Gómez Sánchez, was found dead hours later with signs of strangulation and burned genitals. Foto: Univision.com | Univision
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Cantantes vinculados con el narcotráfico
According to the Attorney General's Office the murder of Sergio Gómez was ordered by 'El Chayo', leader of the Cartel de la Familia Michoacana, although the details remaion unclear, including a motive. Foto: Mezcalent | Univision
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Melissa Plancarte 'La Barby Grupera'
Melissa Plancarte, 'La Barby Grupera', is the daughter of the drug trafficker Enrique Plancarte, ex-leader of the Knights Templar who passed away in 2014. Foto: Instagram / @melissaplancarteoficial | Univision
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Melissa Plancarte 'La Barby Grupera'
It was said that her father helped financed her career. In an interview with Uforia Music she explained that the scandal benefited her career. Foto: Instagram / @melissaplancarteoficial | Univision