Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case

This month US officials in San Diego got the shock of their lives when they arrested a Mexican national trying to smuggle drugs across the border.

Edgar Veytia, attorney general for the state of Nayarit, was indicted by a federal grand jury in NY for three counts of conspiracy to manufacture and internationally distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. The Wall Street Journal reported Veytia, who has the nickname "Diablo", was charged with drug trafficking.

Veytia allegedly had been engaging in drug activity from January 2013 until last month.

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

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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.

Federal prison records show Veytia remains in a San Diego lock-up, with a hearing scheduled Aprill 11 for removal to NY.

The exact scale of the alleged conspiracy wasn't disclosed, but prosecutors said Veytia would have to forfeit at least $250 million in cash and property if he's convicted.

Edgar Veytia, who serves as the top police officer for the western Mexican state, was indicted on counts of production and distribution of various drugs, conspiracy to import those drugs into the US, and conspiracy to distribute them.

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The federal charges were filed March 2 but unsealed Wednesday in federal court.

The FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Homeland Security confirmed they were involved in the investigation but declined to comment on the investigation.

Recently discovered mass graves in the eastern state of Veracruz - another state where the Jalisco New Generation cartel is seeking dominance - contained at least 242 bodies, according to investigators.

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