San Diego, CA - Edgar Veytia, Mexican state attorney general, has been arrested on federal drug charges. His connections to the Jalisco New Generation cartel are also being reported.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, he was detained on Monday, at the U.S. border in San Diego on a grand jury indictment, which was filed on March 2nd in New York. The indictment had been sealed by a U.S. Magistrate Judge until Tuesday.
Veytia is the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit. His pending charges include conspiracy to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S. He is the top law enforcement official in Nayarit, a state in western Mexico between the cities of Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
In the indictment, Veytia is accused of conspiring to manufacture and distribute illicit drugs and import them into the U.S. from 2013 until February, 2017. He became Nayarit's attorney general in 2013. The indictments also refer to Veytia by his aliases, 'Diablo', 'Eepp', and 'Lic veytia'
Mexican media reported on allegations of connections between Veytia and the Jalisco New Generation cartel. In 2011, an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Veytia was made by individuals associated with the Sinaloa cartel.
After Veytia was arrested, he made an appearance before a federal judge on Tuesday. He is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego, pending transfer to New York. His next hearing is scheduled for April 11th.
Nayarit Governor Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, issued a statement pledging to uphold public safety. At a news conference, he also announced Carlos Alberto Rodriguez Valdez as the new attorney general.
The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation which led to the indictment.
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