Marine Trevor Reed back in the US after arriving in San Antonio, Texas a day after the Russian prisoner exchange

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KTRK) — Trevor Reed is back in the United States a day after the Navy veteran was swapped for a Russian drug trafficker in a prisoner swap between Washington and Moscow, his mother tweeted early Thursday morning.

“It was a very exciting day for the Reed family. Trevor is back in the US,” Paula Reed said on Twitter. Photos tweeted by Rep. August Pfluger’s account, a Texas Republican, also showed him alongside Reed.

His destination was not immediately clear. Reed’s parents live in Granbury, Texas, near Dallas.

Reed was swapped in Turkey on Wednesday for Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was serving a 20-year sentence in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy case.

“I think it’s going to really hit him and us when we finally get to see and touch him,” Reed’s father Joey said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Reed, a 30-year-old former Marine, was arrested in the summer of 2019 after Russian authorities said he assaulted an officer as he was being driven by police to a police station after a night of heavy drinking.

He was later sentenced to nine years in prison. The US government called him wrongly imprisoned and pushed for his release; his family have maintained his innocence and expressed concern at his deteriorating health, which has included coughing up blood and going on a hunger strike.

Two Americans remain in Russian custody. Paul Whelan, another ex-Marine, and Houston native WNBA star Britney Griner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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