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Former Mexican state attorney general Edgar Veytia arrested in San Diego in connection with massive drug conspiracy

March 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Mexican state attorney general Edgar Veytia arrested in San Diego in connection with massive drug conspiracy

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Edgar Veytia, the former attorney general of the Mexican state of Nayarit was in a San Diego federal jail on Wednesday on charges of conspiring to smuggle heroin, cocaine, marijuana and meth.

Edgar Veytia, 46, a prominent figure in Nayarit — which is the scene of many deadly drug cartel showdowns in recent years — was taken into custody on Monday at a border crossing in San Diego after he was flagged for a federal warrant issued out of New York.

On Tuesday, Veytia was arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Diego and was being held in a federal prison pending a hearing April 11th to transport him to New York.

The FBI, DEA, and Department of Homeland Security did not reveal any further information except to verify that they were collaborating in the investigation. However, sources close to law enforcement told NBC News that they had been pursuing Veytia for a while and “snagged him as soon as they could.”

The former Mexican prosecutor was indicted on drug trafficking charges in San Diego Federal Court

An indictment issued on March 2nd by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn charged Veytia — who also goes by the nicknames “Diablo,” “Eepp” and “Lic veytia” — with three counts of conspiring to import, manufacture and deal heroin, meth, marijuana and cocaine.

The indictment accuses Veytia of manufacturing and distributing a sufficient quantity of drugs to support reasonable suspicion that he was involved in smuggling narcotics from multiple countries. For instance, the amount of meth alone — at least 2,200 pounds — would provide close to 4 million individual doses, Animal Politico reported.

The exact magnitude of the purported conspiracy wasn’t revealed, but prosecutors said Veytia would have to forfeit $250 million in cash and property if he’s found guilty.

Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, the governor of Nayarit, said at a press conference that the arrest had shocked him and that he did not know many details. He appointed an interim attorney general and promised full cooperation with the U.S.

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