It has been revealed that the musical band "El Recodo" was paid $250,000 to play at parties for "Los Zetas"
The popular "grupero" musical Mexican band "Banda El Recodo" has performed at private parties for the leaders of the criminal group "Los Zetas" said Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, alias "El Mamito" or "Z7", who at one time was third in command for the criminal group, Los Zetas.
Rejón Aguilar was the star witness for the prosecution of the U.S. government in the trial against Jose Trevino Morales, brother of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alias "Z40" and against businessman Francisco Colorado Cessa Veracruz who are being tried for laundering millions of dollars in the race horse industry. Borderland Beat (BB) reporters Chivis Martinez and Havana have been reporting on the trial exclusively for BB.
The prosecutor Douglas Gardner questioned "El Mamito" on money laundering operations of "Los Zetas" through the purchase of Quarter Horses.
At the end of that interrogation Rejón Aguilar was asked "what was the favorite band of Miguel Angel Trevino", to which the witness replied: "La Banda El Recodo".
"How much was paid to the band to play at parties for Z40," asked the prosecutor, "$250,000 for a few hours," responded the capo, who was captured by Mexican authorities after the killing of US ICE agent Jaime Zapata on February 2011 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
The band based out of Sinaloa state "El Recodo" is among many other popular musicians that have performed for powerful bosses of organized crime in Mexico.
Among other bands include Ramon Ayala, a "norteno" style musician who was detained in December 2009 while performing at a private party of Arturo Beltran Leyva and Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie" in the state of Morelos.
Artists such as Jenni Rivera, Gloria Trevi, Tatiana, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Pesado and Vicente Fernandez, among others, have performed for major drug traffickers with fees ranging from $15,000 per night and up to $250,000 for a few hours.
Source: Proceso and Red Noticiero