Singer Julion Alvarez Denies Having Cartel Ties
Mexican singer Julion Alvarez sanctioned by the US for suspected links with an accused drug kingpin professed his innocence at a news conference in Mexico City on Thursday.
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 U.S. 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 U.S. President Donald Trump promised to crush Mexico’s drug cartels.
Alvarez told the media that his lawyers are working on clearing his name from the charges.
“If I am asked now, do you have any links, any investments, any ties whatsoever, I don’t. I was not hired directly. Regarding Camelia (region), yes I went there I think two times but through other people, there I was introduced to the businessman, the owner of the place. I never had his (drug cartel member) mobile phone, there was no small talk.”
“We are going to way for the documents that we have been asked for at the moment. Who is and who is officially on the US website, we will see the lawyers get to work in Mexico and see what needs to be done. I am willing to do what needs to be done in the United States, with pleasure. We will present ourselves and I will say who I am, what I do, what I have done and what I have achieved.”Alvarez said
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.