Ex-Mexican Prosecutor So Corrupt That He Betrayed Drug Cartel

A former Mexican state prosecutor is so corrupt that even the crooks who paid him can’t trust him

MEXICO CITY — A former Mexican state prosecutor is so corrupt that even the crooks who paid him can’t trust him, according to a report released this week by the Mexican government’s interior ministry.

The department’s National Search Board released the report as part of its work to uncover the fate of hundreds of people who went missing in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit between 2013 and 2017, when Edgar Vitia (Edgar Veytia) as state attorney general.

Veytia initially took bribes between 2013 and 2017 to support gangs allied with the Beltran Leyva cartel, the report said.

But it said Veytia switched to a new generation cartel in Jalisco in 2017.

This change in the alliance angered the Beltran Leyva gang and led to several rounds of retaliatory attacks and apparently continuing disappearances.

During Veytia’s tenure as Nayarit’s chief prosecutor, his office was actually recruiting young people to work for the Jalisco cartel, the report said.

The state attorney general’s office created an “enforcement team” to work for the cartel and, according to the report, “the attorney general’s criminal structure may still be operational and now work for another criminal organization.”

Some parts of the state government essentially behaved like a gang, with officers from police to judges cooperating to kill, threaten, torture or imprison rival gang members, the report said.

In 2019, Veytia was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison in a U.S. drug trafficking case, accusing him of using bugs and other law enforcement tools to protect the cartel’s turf.

Veytia told a Brooklyn federal court judge that it was a “mistake” that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from the cartel while serving as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

Veytia – a dual U.S. and Mexican citizen who lives on and off in San Diego – has pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted bribes from drug groups.