U.S. sanctions Mexico soccer captain Rafael Márquez for alleged drug trafficking ties

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The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 21 people and 42 organizations it claims have links to a Mexican drug kingpin, including the captain of Mexico’s national soccer team, Rafael Márquez.

Márquez denied the accusations and said he would co-operate with investigations.

The individuals and organizations are accused of having ties to alleged drug trafficker Raul Flores Hernández.

The US alleges that Mr Márquez acted as a “front person” for Mr Hernández through his football school and several health and sports outlets.

Mexican singer Julio César Álvarez is also on the list.

In a statement, the US treasury department said the organisations and individuals highlighted had “longstanding relationships with Flores Hernández… acted as front persons for him and his DTO [drug-trafficking organisation] and held assets on their behalf”.

Read more here: bbc.com

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