Mexican State Attorney General Arrested on Suspicion of Drug Trafficking
Last month, the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit, Edward Veytia, was arrested after crossing from Tijuana’s A.L. Rodríguez International Airport to San Diego through the Cross-Border Xpress Bridge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:
A federal grand jury in New York City on March 2 had charged Veytia with conspiring to manufacture, distribute, import and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana between 2013 and 2017. The indictment states that prosecutors could seize up to $250 million linked to Veytia’s alleged criminal activity. Veytia pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Veytia was born in Tijuana, but has dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship and spent most of his early life in San Diego. Mexican news organizations have reported that Veytia has connections to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which has a strong presence in Nayarit. He had survived an assassination attempt in 2011 that was carried out by the rival Sinaloa Cartel. Veytia remains behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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