Mexican Soccer Player Among 22 Sanctioned for Drug Ties

MEXICO CITY (AP) The U.S. Treasury Department says legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization.

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.
Treasury said that the sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez. A Treasury statement says the U.S. will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino.

Associated Press