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09 August 2017

Barcelona legend Rafael Marquez sanctioned for alleged ties to drug trafficking organisation

BARCELONA legend Rafael Marquez has been sanctioned for alleged ties to drug trafficking offences.

The United States Treasury Department says the iconic Mexican defender and a well-known Norteno band leader are among 22 people involved in the multi-year investigation.

Barcelona and Mexico legend Rafael Marquez has been sanctioned for alleged drug trafficking offences
Barcelona and Mexico legend Rafael Marquez has been sanctioned for alleged drug trafficking offences
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The former Barca star is among 22 people being investigated for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organisation
The former Barca star is among 22 people being investigated for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organisation
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A statement released on Wednesday also revealed the Treasury will sanction 43 entities in the star’s homeland, including a football team and a casino.


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The authorities have been investigating a drug trafficking organisation allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez.

He is suspected of operating in the northern Mexican city of Guadalajara, but is believed to have maintained alliances with the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa cartels.

Federal drug trafficking indictments against him were returned in Washington in March and in the southern district of California.

It is the biggest designation of a drug trafficking organisation ever by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, according to the statement.

The US government referred to Marquez, 38, and Norteno singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, more commonly known as Julion Alvarez, as having longstanding relationship Hernandez.

The statement claimed they “have acted as front persons for him and his [drug trafficking organisation] and held assets on their behalf.”

Marquez is the captain of the Mexican national side
Marquez is the captain of the Mexican national side
Reuters
He has won 143 caps for his country so far
He has won 143 caps for his country so far
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Marquez spent seven years with La Liga giants Barcelona and won a host of honours at the Nou Camp.

The 143-capped international later went on to play for MLS side New York Red Bulls before moving to Leon, Hellas Verona and current Mexican side side Atlas.

Rafael Marquez spent seven season with Barcelona
Rafael Marquez spent seven season with Barcelona
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He won the Champions League twice during his time at the Nou Camp
He won the Champions League twice during his time at the Nou Camp
Reuters
Marquez went on to play for New York Red Bulls in the MLS and currently plays for Mexican side Atlas
Marquez went on to play for New York Red Bulls in the MLS and currently plays for Mexican side Atlas
AP:Associated Press

He won the title four times during his spell with Barca and was a two-time winner of the Champions League.

Marquez is still the captain of his country and helped them to lift the Confederations Cup in 1999.


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