Chuy Montana’s label boss ‘arrested for drugs’ just day before singer murdered at age of 25 in Mexico

THE record label boss of a gunned-down singer was arrested just days before the killing on Wednesday after drugs were allegedly found in his car.

Jesús Ortíz Paz was quizzed after border agents allegedly found marijuana in cigarettes, plastic bags, and a jar on February 4.


Record label boss Jesús Ortíz Paz was arrested after drugs were allegedly found in his carCredit: Instagram/ Jesusortizpazfr
He was arrested just days before rising star Chuy Montana was killed


He was arrested just days before rising star Chuy Montana was killedCredit: Instagram/chuymontana_

He was taken into custody days before Chuy Montana, real name Jesus Cardenas, was killed in Tijuana.

Paz, the lead singer of the Mexican-American group Fuerza Regida, was arrested with three other men in Mexicali, Baja California, per The Yucatan Times.

They were trying to enter Mexico from California, per investigators.

Cops searched his car where they allegedly found 10 grams of marijuana.

The four men have already been released from custody.

Cops seized the drug as part of their probe but did not disclose what charge he could face, per El Siglo De Torreon.

Paz had signed Cardenas, 25, to his label Street Mob Records around a year ago.

He mourned his death by sharing videos of the pair singing.

In one of the now heartbreaking clips, Paz was rapping while Cardenas was singing.

The second video showed the pair rapping together.

In March 2023, a video went viral of Cardenas and Paz singing while waiting to cross from Tijuana to San Diego and the record label boss signed him on the spot after hearing him sing. 

Cardenas’ body was found lifeless on the side of the road with his wrists handcuffed, Punto Norte reported.

The gunmen fired multiple shots at him, per investigators.

Cops said a group of armed men ambushed the singer in an attempt to kidnap him.

Horror pictures from the scene showed the singer lying beside an orange Renault van.

Street Mob Records confirmed Cardenas’ death in a statement posted to Instagram.

“On behalf of Street Mob Records, we deeply regret the passing of our colleague and brother Chuy Montana,” the statement said.

“We stand in solidarity with his family during this time of grief. 

“We kindly request understanding and respect from the media at this difficult moment.”

Street Mob Records artists perform corridos tumbados or belicos, which is a regional Mexican musical sub-genre.

Paz is the lead singer of the group Fuerza Regida


Paz is the lead singer of the group Fuerza RegidaCredit: Instagram/ Jesusortizpazfr

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