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  [TX] State Rep. Poncho Nevárez caught on tape at airport dropping envelope containing cocaine, DPS affidavit says
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News DateThursday, November 14, 2019 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAbout two months before state Rep. Poncho Nevárez announced he was retiring from the Texas House, the Eagle Pass Democrat was caught on surveillance footage dropping an envelope stuffed with cocaine as he was leaving the Austin airport, according to an affidavit filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The affidavit, filed Oct. 29 in Travis County court, was attached to a warrant seeking to conduct a test to determine whether Nevárez’s DNA was on the envelope. The document says that the envelope had Nevárez's official House seal and held “four small clear baggies” containing a substance found to include cocaine.

On Thursday, Nevárez, who chairs the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, said in a statement to The Texas Tribune that "the news is true" — and that's why he decided against seeking re-election to the lower chamber.
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