Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case

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Edgar Veytia, 46, the chief law enforcement officer in Nayarit - the scene of numerous deadly drug gang showdowns in recent years - was arrested Monday at a border crossing in San Diego after he was flagged for an open federal warrant issued in NY.

United States authorities on Wednesday said they arrested a Mexican attorney general on charges that he conspired to smuggle heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S.

Veytia, also known as "Diablo", "Eepp", and "Lic Veytia", was indicted on charges including global conspiracy to illegally import, manufacture and distribute heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine.

Veytia allegedly smuggled the drugs between January 2013 and February 2017.

During that same time, court documents state there is reasonable cause that Veytia knew of and would attempt illegal importation of said substances from outside the U.S.as well.

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.

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

Federal prison records show Veytia remains in a San Diego lock-up, with a hearing scheduled Aprill 11 for removal to NY. That state is considered to be one of the safe havens for the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, (CJNG) an offshoot of the Sinaloa Cartel that in recent years has grown exponentially.

An armed group attacked Veytia in 2011, but he was not injured in the resulting shootout.

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