|Ramon Ayala detained in drug cartel party?|
Ramon Ayala detained in drug cartel party?
UPDATE: Ayala apparently still in Mexican police custody
Despite Mexican media reports to the contrary, the Ayala family in McAllen says Ramon Ayala is still (Wednesday) in a Mexican jail. We're trying to get the latest on that, check back for the latest news.
What?? Yeah, I did a doubletake too. AccordingÂ to several international news reports,Â norteno legend Ramon Ayala was
picked up in a surprise raid on a drug cartel's Christmas party - or narcoposada? -Â in a ritzy subdivision of Tepoztlan, Mexico on Saturday.
Mexican government officials reported on Monday that Ayala, a Latin Grammy winner,Â had been releasedÂ after authorities had questioned him duringÂ a military operationÂ as part of aÂ crack down on drug gangs. Officials said Ayala was released after police determined there was no grounds to hold him.
Norteno music and drug cartels have been linked in Mexico through the years.Â The music includesÂ popular narcocorridos, songs that detail the adventures of drug gangs.
OneÂ Associated Press report indicated thatÂ officials said Ayala andÂ his Bravos del Norte were the main entertainmentÂ at a mansion in a gatedÂ communityÂ outsideÂ Tepoztlan, whereÂ there was a reportedÂ shootoutÂ before dawn Friday. Authorities reported that several gunmen suspected of working for theÂ Beltran Leyva drug cartel were arrested. Offciails also confiscatedÂ severalÂ automatic rifles and approximately $280,000 in cash.
A differentÂ Notimex new report added that other groups that performed and detained by police included Los Cadetes de Linares de Lupe Tijerina andÂ Grupo Torrente.
For more than four decades, Ramon Ayala
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