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U.S. Sanctions Mexican Soccer Star Rafael Marquez and 21 Others

  • Treasury Department unveils penalties coordinated with Mexico
  • Marquez has played for Barcelona, Mexican national team
Rafael Marquez

Rafael Marquez

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The Treasury Department accused Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez of acting as a front for a major drug trafficker as part of an enforcement action hitting 22 Mexican nationals with sanctions that freeze their assets in the U.S.

The move was made in conjunction with the Mexican government following a multi-year investigation of a drug network allegedly run by Raul Flores Hernandez that has links to two major Mexican drug cartels, the Treasury Department said in a statement.