Veytia, arrested Monday on drug charges. Veytia, arrested Monday on drug charges.

Border officials arrest state Attorney General

Nayarit's chief law officer accused of drug trafficking

The Attorney General of Nayarit was arrested by United States border agents yesterday on charges of trafficking in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.


Édgar Veytia Cambero was detained in San Diego on an arrest warrant issued March 2.

The newspaper Reforma reported today that the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking the seizure of US $250 million in assets linked to Veytia.

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, has accused the Nayarit politician with conspiring to manufacture, import and distribute drugs between 2013 — the year he was appointed state Attorney General — and February this year.

The investigation into Veytia began in 2012 when he was a deputy Attorney General in Nayarit.

He was scheduled to appear in court in San Diego yesterday, but there has been report as to the outcome.

A surprised Nayarit Governor Roberto Sandoval confirmed Veytia’s arrest during a press conference this morning, but was unable to provide further information. Details of the arrest had not been made public, he said.

Carlos Alberto Rodríguez Valdés was named to replace Veytia as acting Attorney General.

Veytia’s political career began in 2008 when he was named transit director of Tepic by then-mayor Sandoval, now the governor.

He was placed in charge of security in the municipality a year later and in 2011 moved to a post at the state Attorney General’s office.

Source: Reforma (sp), Nayarit en Línea (sp), Meganoticias (sp)

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  • S L Andrew Palms

    The more things change…

  • K. Chris C.

    Oops! Forgot to payoff all in his upline.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Güerito

    This is great news.

    It puts corrupt Mexican narco-politicos on notice. If you travel to Miami, San Antonio or San Diego looking to buy condos or luxury houses, you might be arrested.

  • Gerald R Meyers

    And my wife has,paid taxes and no criminal record and married to a US citizen and she can’t even get a visa, people that sell drugs and has with money can come right on in.

    • Felipe_Calderoff

      Your wife was deported.

    • csb4546

      She has to return to Mexico, then apply legally for a Visa – can’t do that while you’re in violation of the law.
      But she will eventually get her Visa, based on her marriage to you, if everything is done legally.


    Its about time. The poison that is coming across our border is killing our kids. Now its our turn to start killing them and the ones that work for them.

    The runners in the black community need to wake up and get educated so that you can get a job and quit working for the caballeros.

    • Mike S

      Maybe you should ask why there is such a demand to be stoned on hard drugs in the US. What makes Americans so miserable & hopeless to turn to such poison to escape reality? And by the way, American Big Pharma sells far more dangerous addictive pain killers than are imported from Mx. Oxycontin and other pain killers are a serious problem in the US. Most meth is manufactured in the US. Where there is a demand and people are willing to pay very high prices…it will be met and no wall will stop it. Certainly give Cambero the long sentence he deserves, but don’t think the drug problem caused solely by the suppliers.

      • David Nichols

        No doubt some are made miserable and hopeless by listening to the likes of you…
        P.S. Supply always precedes supply–there can be no demand without prior knowledge of the product.

        • Mike S

          So I guess dopes like you think the $1 trillion DEA “war on drugs” has been a success? Hard drug use has gone up the last 20 years and is cheaper and more plentiful than ever; most people get started by prescription drugs. Trump thinks he can solve this problem by increasing the budget of DEA and ICE while throwing 24 million off health insurance which covers some drug rehabilitation costs. The US has the world’s largest (and most expensive) prison system and too many there are small-time addicts who need treatment- not incarceration. Prison is the place where small time users learn the art of drug dealing and join networks and get a record which makes them unemployable. Drug demand from the US corrupts poor countries like Mx. This is a problem than needs education in school, rehabilitation, treatment, and full co-operation from both sides of the border. And yes, we should ask ourselves why so many people feel their lives are so hopeless that that they need to escape and ruin their health and future.

          • David Nichols

            Nothing in my comment suggested I think the war on drugs has been a success–but you wanted to rant regardless of the fact that you just made up something that was not in my comment…
            My version of a successful war on drugs would be to add a tasteless, odorless, deadly poison to all illegal drugs seized and put them back on the street…
            Dead junkies and a cessation of demand, which would serve to dry up supply.
            Not to mention the freeing up substantial resources that could better serve people who actually contribute to society….
            I will ignore your pathetic ad hominem attack, as you don’t score high enough on
            my “Give A Shit Meter”…

          • Mike S

            David, you are a sick sick man. Enlightenment is too late for you. I feel sorry for you.

          • David Nichols

            And I, you…
            Carry on, over the cliff of your imaginary ideal society

          • Mike S

            David, Winston Churchill was an alcoholic and used meth…would you have laced his brandy? Ray Charles was addicted to heroin for a while. Would you have poisoned him? Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Tchaikovsky, Freud, Steven King, U. Grant, van , Thomas Edison, were all addicts to some degree. It”s a health and depression problem for god’s sake. Do you drink? One third of Americans have or will try pot. 18 million Americans have alcohol addiction problems.

          • David Nichols

            To the best of my recollection, Winston Churchill, E.A. Poe, Tchaikovsky, and S. Freud were not Americans and share the status of being dead…
            Yours is a typical liberal attempt to manage public policy based on statistical anomalies, your examples do not represent the reality of drug abuse/addiction…
            By an enormous margin drug addicts are a drag on civil society, 80% of incarcerations can be traced to substance abuse…
            You agree we cannot eliminate the substance…
            I suggest we can eliminate the abusers…
            Harsh..? Hell yes it’s harsh– do you think the abusers crimes are harsh on the victims…?

          • Mike S

            My comments are based in facts and reality and enlightenment. Yours are based on macho extreme right-wing ideology. Would you start by rounding up the 17 million American with serious alcohol addiction problems and send them to the gas chambers? Alcohol addiction costs 10s of thousands of lives each year and takes an awful toll on children and relationships and work productivity. The indirect health costs are in 10s of the billions. You have no idea of the causes of destructive addictive behavior be it alcohol or hard drugs. One more time…its a health problem that should be prevented by early education and treatment for those caught up in addictive behavior.. The war on drugs is a colossal failure and US demand for hard drugs (often set off by prescription drugs) corrupts a poorer country like Mexico.

          • David Nichols

            Sure Mike…
            It appears your ideological bent contains a belief typical of “progressives” that convinces you and your ilk that you’re just better people than those with whom you disagree…
            It’s nice that you believe that the problem could be solved by education and treatment, and like most regimens it does work for some…
            Sadly, in the real world, that regimen has been pursued for more than 80 years, without notable success, in terms of solving the problem…
            Any objective look at the addiction issue will show the problem worsening, in the face of decades of education & treatment programs, so your proposed “solution” has proven to be ineffective for the majority of the addictive population…
            BTW nice diversionary tactic…you know I said poison the illegal drugs, not alcohol…
            Very few alcoholics are out committing crimes to support their addiction, unlike the often violent and always criminal illegal drug users…

          • Mike S


            I am not naive enough to believe that education and treatment will totally solve the drug problem. I am hopeful it could substantially reduce it. Research suggests that jail isn’t always the best place for people who use drugs. In fact, it might be the worst place for some types of drug users. The mandatory prison sentencing laws the last 25 years has actually done nothing to reduce drug use except vastly increase our prison population for the benefit of the prison industry.and cost the tax payers vast sums. It’s time for a different tack. Personal drug use, medically diagnosed as addiction, should be decriminalized. We have to take the profit away from drug dealers. A good % of those addicted can be cured. The rest at least should not be turning to crime to meet their addiction. Doctors and Big Pharma need to be much more careful with pain killer prescriptions. There is no question US illegal drug demand has corrupted a poorer country like Mexico and spawned organized crime. Drug addiction knows no racial or economic boundaries. Well-to-do people who can afford good lawyers rarely spend jail time and can “doctor shop” to get their drugs like Rush Limbaugh.

          • Mike S

            Serious alcoholics might not be out committing crime to buy their alcohol, but alcohol is the number one mind altering substance involved in crime in the US. It is a drug of violence and very poor judgment for the many who lose who loose control and become alcoholic- to say nothing of cirrhosis, DUI fatalities, spousal violence, bar fights, shootings, violent jealous acts, and other impulsive acts of aggression.

        • Clarke

          what stupid reply

          • David Nichols

            Yes, your reply certainly was…

    • cruz_ctrl

      “The poison that is coming across our border is killing our kids.”

      wrong… the poison that is killing kids in the states is primarily from america’s big pharma, i.e.: oxycontin (Purdue) and fentanyl (West-Ward).

  • WestCoastHwy

    No good comments here. So will need to put my 25 centavos in:

    I can imagine that Veytia has governmental connections in the States at some level. $250,000.00 is that connections blatant payoff but there is much more than that and as far as your imagination can create. Veytia has been in office since 2008 which puts Veytia at the wheel of his criminal doings at about 9 years or 108 months of income. $250,000.00 is just a drop in the bucket; Veytia probably had more time in service also.

    Calculate how much monies were generated in those 108 months and who on the State side benefited? Now the Big Picture starts to form……and the Biggest Winners are Developers who are in control of our great Country!!!! High rises, shopping centers, golf courses….etc.

    I will say Veytia like all criminals got greedy and that was the beginning to the end! We currently live in such a cesspool that even MR. CLEAN can help!!!!

    • Güerito

      It’s 250 million, not thousand.

      • WestCoastHwy

        Still just a drop in the bucket!

      • WestCoastHwy

        Still a drop in the bucket!

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    Can Mex News Daily please run ONE story on a Mexican politician who ISN’T corrupt?

    • Güerito

      The current Governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral (PAN), is generally recognized by most Mexicans as being an honest, decent politician. Even members of other parties acknowledge that.

      There are a few honest politicans in Mexico, very few. And none of them are members of the PRI party.

    • Beau

      No mames cabron, estamos hablando de politicos Mexicanos.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    “He was placed in charge of security in the municipality a year later and in 2011 moved to a post at the state Attorney General’s office.”

    In Mexico, this is the formula for successful political “career progression”:
    1. Security = facilitator for criminal gangs and cartels.
    2. Deputy Attorney General = time needed to build gang and cartel relationships before becoming the boss.
    3. Attorney General – control, block, delay, limit, or stop prosecution of your patron criminal gangs and cartels.
    4. “Disappear” – with a fortune of public funds and cartel payoffs.

    His boss, the Governor, was “surprised” when he was arrested.
    Now that’s funny.

  • Raphael Rodriguez

    me lo matan ensequida.

  • Henry Wilson

    involved in drug trafficking? the only thing shocking about this case is that he was arrested. must have refused to share the profits with other officials in the state government. big mistake. stealing from the public is a way of life for public officials in mexico but getting greedy about hoarding the take for ones self can get you killed.