A Mexican prosecutor, Edgar Veytia, who is an attorney general in a Mexican state, and also known for being a drug smuggler nicked “Devil” (“Diablo”), tried to get into California this week through Tijuana, and was arrested and held immediately by border agents that recognized him.
Veytia has an indictment in New York for drug smuggling already. New York lawmakers found he had been conspiring to smuggle cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to the United States between January 2013 and last month, for which he was charged.
The bust on the California border also involved one kilo of heroin, five kilos of cocaine, 500 grams of methamphetamine, and 1,000 kilos of marijuana.
The Daily Mail reports:
US Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio told the San Diego Union Tribune that Veytia had been arrested at the Cross Border Xpress, the bridge which connects San Diego to Tijuana airport.
Veytia, 45, is due to appear in federal court in San Diego later today to determine if he is eligible for bail.
He is then due to return on April 11 for a hearing to determine if he can be extradited to New York.
Veytia’s attorney, Guadalupe Valencia, said his client was arrested on the US side of the border and was being held at a San Diego jail.
Nayarit is a small, impoverished and largely rural state just to the south of Sinaloa, the heartland of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel.
The arrest is a blow for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, which governs Nayarit and is reeling from corruption scandals.
The Governor of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval, said they would co-operate with the investigation into Veytia.
Global News reported that Sandoval said: ‘I want to be very clear to the people of Nayarit, men and women, that I will personally take responsibility for security… in the state. We will not lower our guard, we will continue to be one of the safest states.’
Last month Mexican marines killed Juan Francisco ‘Patron’ Sanchez and several other members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel at their base in Nayarit.