Sandoval, left, and Veytia. Governor Sandoval, left, and Veytia, now in a US jail.

Governor of Nayarit pressed to step down

He must have been aware of his Attorney General's alleged drug activities, say leaders

Federal congressional leaders are demanding that Nayarit Governor Roberto Sandoval step down in the wake of the arrest of state Attorney General Édgar Veytia who was taken into custody on drug charges in San Diego, California, earlier this week.

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They believe that it is not possible that the governor was unaware of the conduct of a senior cabinet member, now facing charges for trafficking in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

While Sandoval claimed that Veytia’s arrest was a surprise, house leaders of the National Action Party (PAN), the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the Green Party (PVEM) believe he was complicit and that his position is no longer tenable.

Senate PVEM President Pablo Escudero stated that Sandoval must accept responsibility because he appointed Veytia, and called for a thorough investigation into Attorneys General across the country. “Make no mistake, this is not for political reasons,” he said. “We need to carry out an investigation and find out where criminals have infiltrated.”

“The governor is responsible for the conduct of his Attorney General and must accept the consequences,” said PAN Senate leader Fernando Herrera, while his PRD counterpart, Dolores Padierna, urged the federal Attorney General’s office to take precautionary measures to prevent the governor from fleeing.

PRD Senator Raúl Morón also expressed suspicion that Sandoval was involved in or at the very least aware of Veytia’s crimes, stating that it would be very difficult for him not to know what his Attorney General was doing.

Lower house leaders Marko Cortés of the PAN and Francisco Martínez Neri of the PRD supported the demand that Sandoval leave office.

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Members of both the PAN and PRD called on the federal government to investigate Sandoval’s possible participation in his Attorney General’s web of corruption and drug trafficking.

PRD representatives Guadalupe Acosta and Augustín Basave proposed the creation of a commission to investigate the case. “We don’t believe the governor when he says he didn’t know anything. He was the main protector of Édgar Veytia, they were two weights on the same dumbbell. Sandoval and Veytia governed, everyone knows that (Veytia) was the strong man of Nayarit,” they said.

César Camacho, parliamentary leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), to which Sandoval also belongs, stated that while the relevant authorities should investigate the call that he leave office was being used as a “distraction.”

The newspaper Reforma reported that sources from the military, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that during Veytia’s term Nayarit came to be used as a hideout and center of operations for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The sources said that the organization used the state to store shipments of cocaine and synthetic drug precursors unloaded in Manzanillo from Central and South America. It also manufactured heroin and methamphetamine in secret laboratories.

The New York District Court accusing Veytia is the same one that indicted Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. On Thursday, Veytia appeared before federal Judge Bernard G. Skomal who refused to grant bail based on the serious nature of his alleged crimes. A new hearing was set for April 6, when his transfer to New York may be decided.

Meanwhile, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, governor of the state of Nuevo León, has come out in support of Veytia. “Édgar is my friend, I can speak highly of his good actions, not his bad ones. I know that he is going to prove his innocence and that’s what he is working on.”

Source: Reforma (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    In the words of the infamous Sgt. Schmidt of Hogan’s Heroes, “I see nothing”.

    • Vernon King

      Schultz I believe is the correct name.

      • Güerito

        Jawohl!

      • Cool Hand Luke

        Thank you. You are correct.
        My German was never very good! 🙂

  • K. Chris C.

    Looks like he’ll have to develop another downline

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Güerito

    Why would independent Jaime “El Bronco” Rodríguez express support for Veytia? He’s also stalling on prosecuting the corrupt former N.L. PRI Governor. But Bronco was a member of PRI as recently as 2014, so I guess that explains it.

    He wasn’t doing well in the polls as an independent candidate for President in 2018, but this will completely kill off his chances now.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      we can only imagine how corrupt and inaccurate mexican political polls must be

      • Güerito

        Mexican polling conducting by independent polling firms have proved to be quite accurate in the last few election cycles. Most have accurately predicted the recent PRI loses at the state and local levels.

        • SickofLiberalbs9999

          It’s hard to imagine that Mexican politicians have not discovered the value of rigged polls to influence election turnout and results – and made investments in “independent polling”.
          Haven’t Mexican politicos learned anything from their American counterparts?

  • Commander Barkfeather

    Someone please explain to me how the thoroughly corrupt PRI manages to hold power so completely for so long. These people actually get elected to office, so they must have support amongst the citizenry. Despite the distrust and cynicism regarded all parties and politicians running for public office, one would think that by now having PRI after your name on the ballot would be automatic disqualification. The election of Trump was an aberration that will be corrected when his supporters realize there is no “there” there. Mexico seems to be content consistently electing gangsters to office.

    • SickofLiberalbs9999

      In a country where the corruption rate is 99.9% – why would we expect election results to be honorable?
      I’ll bet Mexico has never had an honest election result in its history.
      “Those who vote control nothing. Those who count the votes control everything.”

    • Güerito

      PRI was out of power in the Presidency from 2000 – 2012. But it did manage to hang onto a majority of state governments and an overwhelming majority of the local governments during those twelve years.

      But why do Mexicans still vote for PRI now, with all the evidence of corruption in the party?

      First, for many older Mexicans, PRI is the party their parents and grandparents voted for. For many of these people the party is synonymous with Mexico. The PRI party colors are red, green and white, the colors of the Mexican flag. The party is known as “el tri” (for three colors) as is the national soccer team when it plays in international competitions. In the last couple rounds of state elections it was common to hear voters say, “we’ve always voted PRI and we’ll keep voting that way even if we know they’re all corrupt and our state is going to hell.”

      Second, PRI has a giant structure in place on the ground election day, allowing the party to tap into the state clientelism system built up over the last century. This includes many unions, business organizations and the media. There are millions of Mexicans whose jobs depends on these economic relations. And, if that’s not enough, PRI dominance at the state and local level throughout much of the country allows for a lot of vote buying and fraud.

      Third, the Mexican electoral system has no runoffs. The candidate who gets the most votes wins. There’s no threshold of 50%, 40% or even 30%, without which a runoff results. When there were three major parties a few years ago, the winner would often get less than 40% of the vote. Now, with a few more parties added to the mix, including Morena – which is currently polling third nationally – and independents, we see winners getting less than 30% of the vote.

      Most commentators agree that, based on the first two points above, PRI enjoys a floor of about 25% of the national vote. When you add in 3-5% of the vote from the even more corrupt “Green” party, now a permanent coalition partner with PRI, you can see how PRI can continue to win despite historic and notorious levels of corruption.

      But party competition in Mexico is only recent history, and things may be changing. PRI did very poorly in the 2015 and 2016 state elections. These were the first elections where voters were able to reconsider the support they gave back to PRI at the national level in 2012. In those two election cycles, PRI lost several state governships they had always held. Veracruz and Chihuahua were two of those states, were the former governors are now wanted fugitives. It’s possible the same could happen in June, with Governors races in the State of Mexico and Coahuila.

  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    ““We need to carry out an investigation and find out where criminals have infiltrated.”
    No investigation needed.
    Criminals have infiltrated EVERYWHERE.
    Now what?

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