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Former state attorney general from Mexico sentenced to 20 years for helping cartel smuggle drugs to U.S. cities

2019-09-27

A former state attorney from Mexico was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for helping a violent cartel traffick drugs to the U.S. over a four-year period.

Edgar Veytia, 49, who pleaded guilty to drug manufacturing and distribution charges in January, was also ordered to pay $1 million in forfeiture during his sentencing at Brooklyn federal court.

The operation was run by the H-2 cartel and ran from January 2013 to February 2017, according to prosecutors.

In exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, Veytia, the top law enforcement officer for the state of Nayarit, abused his position to help the cartel smuggle millions worth of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York on a monthly basis.

Veytia, who has dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship and lived part-time in San Diego, was sentenced in the same courtroom where Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was given a life sentence this year.

“When ... Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment, we warned that there were more days of reckoning to come. The sentence imposed on this corrupt Mexican government official makes this just such a day,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement.

“Neither Mexican cartel leaders nor corrupt officials who assist them should sleep well tonight," he added. "We are coming for you.”

With News Wire Services