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    Mexican Soccer Star Sanctioned for Narcotics Ties

    It’s a stiff penalty. The U.S. Treasury Department has included Mexico’s former national soccer team captain, Rafael Marquez, on a list of 22 people sanctioned for alleged membership in an illegal drug operation. The 38-year-old former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls defender is one of Mexico’s most celebrated players, but is now accused of acting as a front for and holding assets for a trafficking organization. Though he has yet to be charged — and denies the allegations — the designation immediately freezes his American assets and U.S. corporate sponsorships.

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