Retiring Texas State Rep To Face Drug Charges After Allegedly Dropping Cocaine At Airport

Alan Scaia
November 15, 2019 - 9:23 am
Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass)

Credit: Travis County

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A retiring member of the Texas House of Representatives will be charged with felony drug possession.

On Thursday, an arrest warrant was issued for Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass).

According to a search warrant affidavit, Nevarez flew a small plane owned by his law firm from Eagle Pass to Austin September 6. The affidavit says Nevarez landed at Bergstrom International Airport and dropped an envelope on the ground as he was leaving.

The DPS special agent who signed the affidavit says two employees found a sealed envelope outside the entrance to TxDOT Flight Services.

"I observed the white envelope had a letterhead that was from the 'Office of the State of Texas House of Representatives Member Poncho Nevarez,'" the agent wrote in the affidavit.

The affidavit says the envelope contained four small plastic bags containing a "white powder-like substance." Lab results tested positive for two grams of cocaine.

In the affidavit, the agent leading the investigation asks for DNA testing.

"Through training and experience, I have learned that individuals involved in the possession of narcotics would like to remain discreet and typically conceal the narcotics as best they can. Therefore, it is reasonable to believe Rep. NEVAREZ, using his own letterhead envelope, licked and sealed the envelope that contained the cocaine in order to keep it concealed," the affidavit continues.

Nevarez announced his retirement last week. He has now released a statement reading, "I do not have anyone to blame but myself. I accept this because it is true and it will help me get better. In a weird way I am grateful. Grief and addiction were consuming me, but oddly enough, I feel better now than I have in a long time, and I mean that."

Nevarez was first elected in 2012.