US Sanctions Mexican Football Legend Rafa Martinez For Being "Front Man" To Local Drug Lord

On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced that it was imposing sanctions on eight more Venezuelan individuals, including the brother of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, for "undermining democracy in the South American country." The Treasury statement said seven are current or former Venezuelan government officials, whom the U.S. accuses of supporting the creation of a constituent assembly that’s charged with rewriting Venezuela’s constitution and yesterday declared itself "superior to all other government institutions." Chavez’s brother Adan, among those targeted, has been appointed secretary of the new assembly.

In a separate announcement, the Treasury also announced sanctions on "longtime Mexican drug kingpin Raul Flores Hernandez and his vast network", where it stunned the international footbal community claiming that Mexico international defender and superstar Rafa Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned for being a front man for the kingpin.

The Treasury said in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a football club and casino. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez. It was the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said.

Flores Hernandez operated independently in the northern city of Guadalajara, but maintained alliances with the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels. Federal drug trafficking indictments against Flores Hernandez were returned in March in Washington and the southern district of California.

Marquez is a former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls star who currently plays for the Mexican club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team.

According to the U.S. government, Marquez and Norteno singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, better known as Julion Alvarez, were people with longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez, who "have acted as front persons for him and his [drug trafficking organization] and held assets on their behalf.''

The sanctions will freeze all U.S. assets of the people and entities named and forbid U.S. citizens from doing business with them.


junction hedgeless_horseman Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:48 Permalink

News on the Cuban front: "Some United States government personnel on official duty in Havana, Cuba have reported feeling a variety of "physical symptoms" following "incidents," according to a State Department spokesperson.There are concerns about the safety of these diplomats, and the FBI is currently investigating the matter, CBS Radio News reports. The U.S. responded by asking two Cuban officials in the U.S. to leave the country on May 23."The incidents, were they like the Seth Rich incident or did they involve people jumping from the high floor of a building after leaving a typewritten suicide note?  

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DavidFL Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:33 Permalink

More bullshit from the masters of the universe! Speaking of drug lords, what about our pharma companies peddling opioids by the ton to our citizens! How about sanctioning thoes fuckers!

replaceme Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:53 Permalink

Go watch the 30 for 30 on the Columbian team the US beat in the 80s Wold Cup game, "The Two Escobars". Those players lived in complete fear of the local drug lords, the big gamblers - said one time the hotel TVs all showed death threats in the rooms from same, reminder who they were playing for.  That from someone that hates watching Mexico play, at least be honest about what's going on.