Mexican state attorney general arrested at U.S. border on drug trafficking charges

SAN DIEGO — Federal agents in San Diego have arrested the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit on charges that he conspired to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S., the Los Angeles Times reports.

Edgar Veytia, 46, was detained Monday at the U.S. border in San Diego on an indictment handed down by a grand jury in New York, Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Wednesday.

As attorney general, Veytia is the top law enforcement official in Nayarit, a state in western Mexico between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

The indictment charges Veytia with conspiring to manufacture and distribute illicit drugs and import them into the U.S. from 2013 — the year he became attorney general — until February.

Court papers refer to Veytia by a range of aliases, including Diablo, Eepp and Lic veytia.