Soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties
MEXICO CITY | Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known norteno band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the United States Treasury announced Wednesday.
The sanctions are the result of a multiyear investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez. It is the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said. Mr. Marquez is a former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls star who currently plays for the Mexican soccer club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team.