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Arcangel, Jowell y Randy Under DEA Investigation for Ties With Drug Trafficker

Arcangel, Jowell y Randy Under DEA Investigation for Ties With Drug Trafficker

ARCANGEL PA

U.S. government officials have their eye set on “La Gargola” a.k.a Arcangel  for his ties with an alleged drug trafficking phenom.

Puerto Rican reggaetón stars have come under U.S. scrutiny after recently  performing at the wedding of an alleged drug trafficker in Colombia, who had  been presumed dead, a federal official said Thursday.

Singer Arcangel and duo Jowell & Randy were among seven Puerto Rican  artists present at the wedding who the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration  wants to question, said Pedro Janer, acting special agent in charge of the DEA’s  Caribbean division.

“We’re definitely going to look into it,” he said. “This guy was a pretty  notorious drug trafficker.”

The artists were performing at the weeklong wedding party of Camilo Torres,  who is nicknamed “Fritanga” after a Colombian dish of fried meat. Colombian  authorities raided the party in late June just hours after the wedding and  arrested Torres, who Janer said had assumed a new identity after someone filed a  false death certificate for him in 2010.

The party was held on the island of Mucara off Colombia’s Caribbean coast and  featured theme nights, fireworks and a bikini-clad bride.

The DEA wants to know how the artists were contracted, how much they were  paid and how they arrived in Colombia, among other things, he said.

“This guy was a significant trafficker, and to find seven guys from Puerto  Rico there, even though they claim they were working, or performing, that’s  fine, but it’s not the typical venue,” Janer said.

The Puerto Ricans know things that “would probably be of very good use to the  Colombian authorities,” he added.

Uka Green, a publicist for Arcangel and his managing company, Pina Records,  said DEA agents are welcome to interview anyone who was at the wedding. She said  none of those present knew who was financing their performance.

“Of course they did not know the groom or the bride or anyone else,” Green  said. “This is a very unpleasant situation for all those involved. Obviously, we  don’t want to be making comments that do not contribute to the security and  well-being of the employees who were there.”

Pina Records issued its own statement denying that someone working with  Arcangel had identified himself as a U.S. police officer during the raid as  alleged by Colombian media.

A man who answered the phone at Vallejo Enterprises, a company that  represents reggaeton duo Jowell & Randy, declined to comment and said he did  not know whether anyone would issue a statement.

Janer said he might ask the IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for help,  along with Puerto Rico’s Treasury Department, if the DEA decides to fully  investigate the case.

“If there’s money involved, we would like to see what kind of finances these  performers have,” he said, adding that they typically get paid double or triple  what they normally charge.

It is rare for singers or other artists to be directly accused of ties to  drug trafficking since it’s the promoters and managers who are involved in  direct negotiations and sign the contracts, Janer said.

“The thing is, at what point does the artist or the artist’s manager realize  that this is drug money and that people behind it are drug traffickers?” he  said. “That’s what they claim they never know.”

 

 

Source: Associated Press

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