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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto deletes Instagram photo with singer and alleged cartel front man Julion Alvarez

August 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto deletes Instagram photo with singer and alleged cartel front man Julion Alvarez

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his staff seem to be attempting to erase all evidence of connections with Julión Álvarez, a well-known Banda musician who was recently accused of being a frontman for a drug cartel.

Peña Nieto recently traveled the state of Chiapas and posted a photo on Instagram with singer Julión Álvarez, where the men are on a boat, Univision reported.

However, the picture was deleted the day before the DEA and the Treasury Department sanctioned Alvarez and Rafael “Rafa” Marquez, the captain of the Mexican national soccer team, as cartel front men.

Alvarez, whose full name is Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo,  Marquez were included on a list of 22 Mexican nationals and 43 businesses whose assets in the U.S have been frozen by the Department of Treasury.

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Alvarez is one of Mexico’s most popular banda music singers and is known for celebrating the drug trafficking lifestyle in his songs.

Despite the type of narcocorrido music that Alvarez sings, in 2015 Peña Nieto referred to him as “a great example for Mexico’s youth.”

The link with Alvarez is the most recent scandal to tarnish Peña Nieto’s reputation at a time when his standing continues to plummet after neglecting to put an end to Mexico’s cartel violence.

Peña Nieto has also faced allegations that he had cartel operators funnel illegal funds into his presidential campaign in 2012, in a scandal that earned the name Monexgate.

Additionally, Enrique Peña Nieto also endured criticism for accusations that his government abused law enforcement software created to track down cartel heads and terrorists to spy on reporters and critics.

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