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Co. that owned Rivera crash plane probed

Dec. 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The company that owned the plane that crashed in Mexico, killing singer Jenni Rivera, is the target of a U.S. drug investigation, officials say.

Court records show the Drug Enforcement Administration seized two planes from Starwood Management in February and September, CNN reported. A DEA spokeswoman said Friday the investigation has not been closed.

Starwood is also the target of lawsuits by QBE and Commerce & Industry Insurance Co. In court papers filed this year, the two insurers, who are trying to end their contracts with Starwood, allege insurance papers were signed by Ed Nunez, a man also known as Christian Esquino, with a history of faking airplane records.

Rivera and six others were killed Dec. 9 when their plane crashed in Mexico.

The 43-year-old star was born in Long Beach, Calif., to parents who had emigrated from Mexico. She was popular in both countries. Telemundo began airing a reality show, "I love Jenni," last year.

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