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Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case

Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case
Erik Tate | 31 March, 2017, 02:05

He was arrested Monday at a border crossing in San Diego after he was flagged for an open federal warrant issued in NY.

Edgar Veytia, the attorney general in Mexico's western state of Nayarit, was arrested Monday at the U.S. border in San Diego.

In that now-unsealed indictment, the US says Veytia used aliases such as "Diablo", "Eepp" and "Lic veytia" as he worked with a criminal enterprise to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Veytia, 46, was arrested earlier this week after USA border agents stopped him and ran his name as he tried to enter the United States from Mexico, said his California lawyer, Guadalupe Valencia.

According to an arrest warrant, Nayarit state Attorney General Edgar Veytia used the name "Diablo" and other aliases.

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He is presently service multiple life sentences and will not be eligible for parole until 2043, when he would be 91 years old. He escaped the death penalty by entering into a plea deal and had been serving an 80-year minimum sentence.

Veytia, 46, is the attorney general in Nayarit, the tropical region between Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security built the case against him.

The governor of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval, said at a press conference that he was surprised to hear about the arrest and that the state government would cooperate with investigators in Mexico and the United States. He returns April 11 for a hearing to determine if he will be sent to NY to face charges. Details of the arrest had not been made public, he said. "We will not lower our guard, we will continue to be one of the safest states".

Some Mexican officials have faced trial for drug trafficking in the United States, including Mario Villanueva, former governor of the state of Quintana Roo on the Caribbean coast.

Allegations of ties between the attorney general and the Jalisco New Generation cartel have appeared in Mexican media before, according to the LA Times.

A 2011 failed assassination attempt against Veytia was linked to the Sinaloas.

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