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Mexican attorney general arrested on New York drug trafficking charges

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The attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit — and a part-time Chula Vista resident — is expected to board a plane in San Diego under FBI custody and fly to New York Friday, where he will face federal drug-trafficking charges.

Edgar Veytia, 46, was arrested on a warrant March 27 as he tried to enter the United States at the Cross Border Xpress, a bridge in Otay Mesa connecting San Diego to the Tijuana Airport. Trips here are common for Veytia, as he is a U.S. citizen and maintains a home in Chula Vista, said Jan Ronis, one of his San Diego-based attorneys.

The indictment out of the Eastern District of New York accuses Veytia of conspiring to manufacture, distribute and import heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. The indictment does not name alleged co-conspirators or an organized crime group.

The U.S. government is seeking to seize up to $250 million in proceeds linked to the alleged crimes.

Veytia, who goes by the nicknames “Diablo,” “Eepp” and “Lic Veytia,” is accused of joining the conspiracy in 2013 — the year he took office as Nayarit’s top law enforcement official.

On Friday, he appeared in San Diego federal court in a rumpled pale yellow dress shirt, brown slacks and ankle restraints, dressed in preparation for his flight to New York later in the day. He admitted he is the same person in the New York warrant and agreed to be transferred there — in time for a 9:30 a.m. hearing in Brooklyn on Saturday.


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