Mexico captain Rafael Marquez sanctioned for alleged drug trafficking ties

Mexico captain Rafael Marquez has been sanctioned by the United states of america Department of the Treasury for his alleged assistance of a drug trafficking organisation.
Authorities say the organisation was led by Raul Flores Hernandez, with former Barcelona star Marquez among 22 persons identified as an individual “upon whom he [Hernandez] heavily relies to further his drug trafficking and money laundering activities”.
The treasury added by means of a statement that a soccer team in addition to a casino are among 43 other entities that should be sanctioned.
The release singled out Marquez and preferred musician Julion Alvarez for their involvement with all the operation, stating: “Both guys have longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez, and have acted as front persons for him and his DTO and held assets on their behalf.”
Beneath terms from the sanction announced on Wednesday, any assets Marquez has which can be beneath U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and “U.S. persons are usually prohibited from engaging in transactions” with him.
Marquez, 38, is definitely the long-time captain of Mexico’s national group and currently plays for Atlas in his homeland.
He spent four years at Monaco amongst 1999 and 2003, exactly where he won Ligue 1 along with the Coupe de la Ligue, ahead of moving to Barca where he added to his haul with 4 LaLiga titles and two Champions League medals.
A stint in MLS with New York Red Bulls followed, ahead of he turned to play for Leon in 2013.