43.7 F
Fort Worth
Monday, October 26, 2020
Government Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Other News

Who killed Sweden’s prime minister? 1986 assassination of Olof Palme is finally solved – maybe

Andrew Nestingen, University of Washington It took 34 years,...

Fort Worth Police seeking man who robbed diners on Southside restaurant patio

Fort Worth Police are seeking a man who robbed diners at an outdoor patio on Hemphill Street on the city's Southside.

Authorities find 2 abducted girls after 2 boys are killed

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH The Associated PressMISSION, Kan. (AP) — Authorities found two girls who were abducted from a Kansas home where two...

Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general’s office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery

By Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune Oct. 22, 2020 "Second whistleblower fired from Texas...

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment.

The state police said airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping the envelope bearing his official state letterhead on the ground as he climbed into a vehicle on Sept. 6.

Nevarez said in a news release that “the news is true” and that he would seek treatment.

“I do not have anyone to blame but myself,” he said. “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 said.

Nevarez, an attorney from the West Texas city of Eagle Pass, is chairman of the Texas House’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. He announced last month that he wouldn’t seek re-election, but he didn’t say why. In his statement, Nevarez didn’t say whether he might resign from the Legislature before his term expires in January 2021, but the Legislature isn’t scheduled to meet until then.

According to police, Nevarez dropped the envelope after a flight to Austin on a plane owned by his law firm. The envelope remained on the ground as Nevarez drove away. It was later picked up by airport workers, who found baggies of white powder inside and alerted police.

An examination of the powder found it to be cocaine, police said. Authorities then obtained a DNA sample from Nevarez in October in an attempt to match his saliva to DNA found on the envelope. The details of the dropped envelope were included in an affidavit filed to support the DNA search warrant.

Nevarez hasn’t been charged, but investigators said in the affidavit that he is suspected of third-degree felony drug possession, which carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison if convicted. He also could be disbarred if convicted.

Latest News

Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Monday

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional CorrespondentWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward...

Kamala Harris to make campaign stop in Texas

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune Oct. 25, 2020 "Kamala Harris to make campaign...

El Paso officials ask residents to stay home for two weeks as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge

By Cassandra Pollock and Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune Oct. 25, 2020 "El Paso...

Beyond the Needle: Probability experts assess 2020 race

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media WriterNEW YORK (AP) — The one thing most likely to conjure nightmares of the 2016 election night...

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems’ advantage

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and ANGELIKI KASTANIS Associated PressWith nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's...