Authorities issued a warrant Thursday for the arrest of state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, an Eagle Pass Democrat, on felony drug possession charges. A state special investigator claims in the warrant, which was obtained by The Texas Tribune, that Nevárez was caught on surveillance footage in September dropping an envelope with cocaine as he was leaving the Austin airport.
After Thursday’s news, the Texas Democratic Party said in a statement that it’s important for people with addiction to “access the help they need moving forward.”
Nevárez “is taking responsibility and seeking the help he needs,” the statement said. “We wish the best to him and his family.”
The chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, echoed the sentiment, saying in a statement that “by not seeking reelection, [Nevárez] will be better able to focus his attention on his family and his health, which is where it should be.”