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Former Mexican prosecutor pleads guilty to US drug charges

The former attorney of the Mexican state of Nayarit, Edgar Veytia, has pleaded guilty to drug charges he faced in a New York court.

During the trial, Veytia admitted receiving money from the drug cartels in order to help them enter the United States with drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.

His collaboration with the cartels, which he did not identify, occurred between 2013 and 2017 when he was arrested in San Diego, California.

The Prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York told the court that Veytia made arrangements to avoid the arrest of the drug traffickers.

Veytia himself was arrested in March of 2017 while crossing the border from Tijuana to San Diego on charges brought by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn.  Veytia, who is 48, could be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

He was a prosecutor for the state of Nayarit, appointed by former governor Roberto Sandoval (2011-2017).