Mexican state prosecutor charged with drug smuggling in US

Mexican Law Enforcement Official Arrested At Border FBI

Here, the Nayarit state attorney general's headquarters is seen in Tepic, Mexico.

He was arrested Monday in San Diego and was being held in California.

Edgar Veytia, who was arrested at the US border with Mexico this week, made a brief appearance Thursday in federal court in San Diego, where prosecutors say his lawyer did not contest their request to have him held without bail.

Veytia's arrest is a new blow to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, which governs Nayarit and has been plagued by multiple corruption scandals that have driven numerous former governors to flee criminal prosecution, Reuters reported.

If convicted Veytia would have to forfeit all property obtained through his drug manufacturing and distributing, and all property used to commit the offenses, including at least $250 million.




Another high-profile Mexican drug-trafficking defendant could be coming to Brooklyn federal court. The document accuses Veytia of crimes dating from January 2013 to last month.

The indictment, filed earlier this month and unsealed by a US magistrate judge in Brooklyn on Tuesday, accuses Veytia of conspiring "with others" to manufacture and distribute illegal drugs and import them to the USA between January 2013 and February of this year. He was detained on a warrant from a NY state court.

The FBI says the arrest stems from a joint investigation that also involved the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.

Allegations of ties between the attorney general and the Jalisco New Generation cartel have appeared in Mexican media before, according to the LA Times. Details of the arrest had not been made public, he said.

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