Rafael Márquez and Julión Álvarez not only face being investigated by the United States government, but now as a result of recent indications by Mexican authorities that they are linked to drug trafficking operations, the player and the singer will also have to face trials in Mexico, lawyers stated.
The US Treasury Department claims that both Mexican public figures did business with the drug trafficker Raúl Flores Hernández, who is currently detained in Mexico after conducting a “multiyear” investigation in conjunction with the Mexican authorities.
Hector Segovia, a specialist in criminal law at La Salle University, confirmed that, thanks to international treaties, both countries are obliged to share information.
The specialist pointed out that the Mexican Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), through its unit specialized in financial intelligence, are the entities that will lead the investigation based on the data provided by the US, to prove the bond of both characters with Flores Hernández, a prisoner in the Altiplano prison who faces an extradition request to the US.
According to Mexican authorities, the process to gather information on possible irregularities in the activities of Marquez and Álvarez has already begun.
Julión Álvarez, the singer gave a press conference in which he said he had known drug trafficker Raúl Flores as an entrepreneur but denied having business directly with him.
The lawyers consulted stressed that, despite current indications, the presumption of innocence of those involved must be respected, as long as they cannot defend themselves in a formal trial and are sentenced.
Despite this reservation, the expert added, experience suggests that in most cases the performance of the Treasury Department is founded and serious.
Both the footballer and the singer have already gone before the media to insist on their innocence and defend the legality of their heritage.
The inclusion of both celebrities on the Treasury list – along with 18 other Mexican citizens and 42 companies in the country – had the effect of cancelling their visas, prohibiting Americans from doing business with them, and freezing assets and accounts , Which aims to cut off the financial protection of a criminal organization, prevent further criminal acts or possible escape.