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Lawyer: ‘El Chapo’ denies any involvement with recent arrest of Nayarit state prosecutor

April 7, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawyer: ‘El Chapo’ denies any involvement with recent arrest of Nayarit state prosecutor

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The defense attorney representing accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has categorically denied reports that her client has provided information resulting in the recent arrest of Nayarit prosecutor, Ëdgar Veytia nor is revealing the identities of corrupt politicians’ ties to drug cartels in Mexico.

As JammedUp News previously reported, U.S. Border agents detained Veytia in San Diego last week for a warrant filed in Brooklyn Federal Court for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy,  coincidentally is the same

The U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn’s Eastern District is coincidentally also prosecuting  the case against ‘El Chapo.’

Federal prosecutors accuse Veytia of using his position as state prosecutor to facilitate the large-scale trafficking of narcotics into the United States.

Veytia was arrested in San Diego in connection with an indictment out of Brooklyn Federal Court.

Veytia is also alleged to have collaborated and protected senior figures within the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel, a bitter rival of Guzman’s Sinaloa criminal organization.

The arrest sent shockwaves throughout Mexico and prompted national media reports suggesting U.S. authorities had obtained information from ‘El Chapo’ to pursue criminal charges against Veytia.

However, Michelle Gelernt,  Guzman’s New York-based defense attorney vehemently denied the narrative in an email sent to his lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez.

.”It has been widely reported that Edgar Veytia, the prosecutor of Nayarit fell because Joaquín was talking,” Refugio said.

“Joaquin’s lawyer, Michelle sent me an email … to clarify that he (El Chapo) pleaded not guilty and to declare himself innocent because he is not speaking and has not spoken.”

The attorney reiterated Guzman innocence and “can not declare anything against anyone.”

“Everything is speculation here in Mexico, it is false and reckless … what has been put in the national press that (Guzman Loera) is the reason Veytia fell, out of revenge against the Mexican Government is a falsehood and he has an interest everyone knowing this,” he said.

Moreover, Refugio sent El Debate a screenshot of an email in which the lawyer representing ‘El Chapo’ in the United States, Michelle Gelernt requested Rodríguez to release the email statement to the public.

“If you are in contact with the press in Sinaloa, we would like for you to issue the following quote below in response to the reports we have seen on the internet,” the email read.

‘El Chapo’s’ attorney seen here with his wife following a court hearing in February in Brooklyn has denied media reports suggesting he had a hand in the arrest of Nayarit state prosecutor

“We have heard rumors that Mr. Guzman was somehow involved in the recent arrest of Edgar Veytia on criminal drug charges. These rumors are categorically and completely false.”

“Mr. Guzman pleaded not guilty and is focused on fighting his criminal charge, He has not given any information nor is he cooperating with the U.S. government.”

The Sinaloa Cartel capo was extradited to the U.S. back in January.

Guzman is currently awaiting trial on a 17-count indictment charging him with running a transnational criminal enterprise responsible for trafficking massive quantities of narcotics into the U.S., murder, money laundering, and weapons offenses.

Meanwhile, the arrest of Veytia has been viewed as a major embarrassment for the Mexican government.

‘El Chapo’ denied reports suggesting he had provided information that led to charges against the Nayarit state prosecutor

The humiliation was further compounded this week with the indictment of a former top federal police official accused of acting as a mole for drug cartels.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago unsealed a 42-page criminal complaint on Wednesday accusing Ivan Reyes Arzate, who was the highest ranking official with Mexico’s Federal Police Sensitive Investigation Unit (SIU) of passing vital intelligence regarding a DEA-led investigation to members of the Beltran-Leyva cartel in exchange for multi-million-dollar payments.

Justice Department officials described Arzate in a 42-page criminal complaint as the “principal point of contact for information being shared between U.S. law enforcement and Mexican Federal Police.”

The heavily vetted investigative unit helped facilitate some of the highest-profile drug cases to ever be brought to the U.S.

According to the criminal complaint, Arzate passed information to senior figures within the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, including top boss Arturo Beltran-Leyva, which included the identities of confidential informants.

One cooperating witness, who was deemed key to a DEA investigation, was later found tortured and killed by cartel operatives in Mexico.

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