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Mexican singer Julion Alvarez denies US accusations of drug cartel ties

Alvarez told media his lawyers are working on clearing his name from the charges Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters New Delhi, India Aug 11, 2017, 04.40 AM (IST)

A Mexican folk singer sanctioned by the US for suspected links with an accused drug kingpin professed his innocence at a news conference in Mexico City on Thursday (August 10).

Singer Julion Alvarez, as well as soccer star Rafael Marquez and nearly two dozen other Mexican nationals, are accused of financial ties with Raul Flores Hernandez, a suspected drug trafficker with links to the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation gang.

The US Treasury Department said the designation was "the largest single Kingpin Act action against a Mexican drug cartel network that OFAC (the Office of Foreign Assets Control) has designated," and comes after US President Donald Trump promised to crush Mexico's drug cartels.

Alvarez told media his lawyers are working on clearing his name from the charges.

In an awkward twist, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had posted a photo of himself with Alvarez to his Instagram page this week but deleted it just before news of the sanctions against Alvarez broke.

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