The attorney general of the western Mexican state of Nayarit was in a federal jail in San Diego on Wednesday night on charges of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine, heroin, marijuana and meth, according to court documents.
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 New York.
Veytia was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego and was being held in the federal Bureau of Prisons facility there pending a hearing April 11 to move him to New York.
The FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security would provide no further details except to confirm that they were involved in the investigation. But law enforcement sources told NBC News on Wednesday night that they had been tracking Veytia for a while and “snagged him as soon as they could.”
Originally published by NBC News.