Jenni Rivera Linked to Drug Cartel, Says New Witness

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Today marks Jenni Rivera's one-month anniversary since her tragic death, and new details are surfacing about her reported relationship with the drug cartel. According to several outlets, a new source has come forward about Jenni's alledged involvement with the criminal organization.

A lawyer for the Beltrán Leyva cartel claims that he used to work for kingpin "Barbie," which would contract different artists for private functions and events for his team. According to the attorney, La Diva de la Banda was booked by a man named José Carlos "El Charly" Salinas to perform for the gangsters.

News about Jenni's involvement with the drug cartel became public back in 2009, after she was detained at a Mexican airport for coming in from California with $50,000 in cash. However, Jenni always adamantly denied her link to the cartel. In an interview with Hola, she said, “Yes, it is true that at times you are not aware of who contracts you [for a show]."

She also added, “They tell you that you will sing at a certain place and that they will pay you a certain amount of money.” While her second husband, Juan López, was sentenced in 2007 for drug trade-related charges, Jenni strongly affirmed that she wasn't a part of that lifestyle and "didn't want any problems."

Some speculate that her fatal plane crash may have been set up by the drug cartel. However, no evidence has proven this to be fact. The fatal crash is still under investigation by Mexican authorities and the DEA.

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