On Thursday, authorities issued a search warrant for the arrest of Texas State Representative Poncho Nevárez, a Democrat from the Eagle Pass area, for felony drug possession charges.
The Texas Tribune reported that the state special investigator claims in the warrant that Nevárez was caught on surveillance footage dropping an envelope containing cocaine as he was leaving the Austin airport back in September.
On Thursday afternoon, a Travis County magistrate judge signed off on the warrant. Nevárez faces a charge of third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance. Such a charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of jail time.
Neither Nevárez’s office nor the Travis County District Attorney’s Office offered an immediate response when requested for comment.
The news on Thursday came hours after an affidavit highlighting the allegations, which the Texas Department of Public Safety filed on October 29 in Travis County court, was unveiled and then sent to the Tribune and other news outlets. The affidavit was tacked on to a warrant aiming to carry out a test to determine whether Nevárez’s DNA was on the envelope. The document claims that the envelope had Nevárez’s official House seal and contained “four small clear baggies” of a substance which included cocaine.
Nevárez, the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee chair, announced last week that he was retiring from the State House. In a statement to the Tribune on Thursday morning before the warrant was issued, Nevárez confirmed that the “news is true.” The events listed in the affidavit spurred him to not run for reelection.
“I do not have anyone to blame but myself,” Nevárez stated, also revealing that he plans to seek treatment. “I accept this because it is true and it will help me get better.”
According to the affidavit, the series of events leading to Nevárez’s arrest warrant started on September 6 when two Texas Department of Transportation employees discovered the envelope outside the entrance of a section of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport frequently used by traveling state officials. DPS was then called, and investigators analyzed the surveillance tape showing Nevárez leaving the airport, and hopping on board the front passenger seat of his chief of staff’s black SUV and “dropping a white paper object,” the affidavit stated.
The affidavit revealed that DPS immediately seized the contents that Nevárez left behind. Lab results showed that the white powdery substance found in the envelope tested positive for cocaine. According to the affidavit, the total weight was roughly 2 grams.
“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,” stated Special Agent Otto Cabrera. “Therefore, it is reasonable to believe that [Nevárez], using his own letterhead envelope, licked and sealed the envelope that contained the cocaine in order to keep it concealed.”
Nevárez was a thorn in the side of Texas gun owners during the 2019 legislative session.
After he was appointed to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee by establishment House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, he made sure to roadblock and eventually kill pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation.
With Nevárez now out of the picture, Texas gun laws can actually be liberalized if things go well during the 2020 election cycle.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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