Top Mexican prosecutor jailed in Brooklyn on charges of funneling drugs into U.S.

Top Mexican prosecutor jailed in Brooklyn on charges of funneling drugs into U.S.
Edgar Veytia (Image: YouTube screen grab)

If you can’t beat ’em …

A Mexican attorney general once targeted for death by drug dealers was jailed Saturday in Brooklyn for importing cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from his homeland to the United States.

Suspect Edgar Veytia, known in his home state of Nayarit as “Diablo,” allegedly netted at least $250 million from the drug ring that opened for business in 2013 — the year of his election.

The 46-year-old Veytia, in a beige shirt and dark gray pants, stared blankly in Brooklyn Federal Court before pleading not guilty to charges of conspiracy to manufacture, import and distribute drugs. He was remanded to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn pending a bail hearing.

The unusual Saturday session was held for reasons of security, said defense attorney Gretchen Von Helms.

Veytia, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt, portrayed himself as a crime-buster when he won election as attorney general. “Nayarit is not fertile ground for lawbreaking,” he once boasted. “Here, there is no room for organized crime.”

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