A La Porte police officer is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a homicide case in the Highlands area

A La Porte Police Department officer with three and a half years on the job is under investigation for misuse of official information or bribery by the Texas Rangers, according to a search warrant obtained by KPRC 2.

The search warrant was for his alleged involvement in a capital murder case outside Houston earlier this year. Two men, Paulie Phan, 26, and Jaydan Nguyen, 25, were charged in March and extradited from San Francisco.

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Search warrant documents revealed what investigators said were text messages between the officer and one of the suspects around the time the victims were found murdered.

Allegations detailed in the search warrant include one of the suspects asking the officer and another LaPorte Police Department employee to run the vehicles’ license plates, which is at least the reason for this horrific scene.

In January, Harris County officials said Van Nguyen killed Dana Ryssdal and James Martin, two men who ran an out-of-state marijuana business. Officials say Van and Nguyen fled halfway around the world to Vietnam, where they were later captured in July.

The latest arrest warrant shows alleged text messages between Vann and 25-year-old LaPorte police officer Ivan Morales.

The transcript shows Van asking Morales to examine the paintings. Morales then asks Van if the loot was stolen, and states that he might get in trouble if it isn’t. Fan then allegedly sends a photo of the plate and then $100 on Apple Pay.

The document shows that Morales swiped the plate through a Texas law enforcement communications system and received personal information from the truck’s owner.

It’s not clear who this truck belongs to, but we know it’s part of the murder investigation into Ryssdal and Martin.

More tellingly, the search warrant also shows what officials say was a text message exchange between Vann and a LaPorte Police Department warrant officer, Fernando Garcia.

Van appears to ask Garcia to turn on the license plate of the Toyota Prius in which Martin’s body was found a short time later. The Prius was located at the same address on TC Jester where Rysdall’s bloodied body was found.

Officials say Garcia resigned before the investigation began. Morales has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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