Nacogdoches Co. Sheriff: Jailers found gun on public intoxication suspect

Gail Watson (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Gail Watson (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper brought a 70-year-old man to the Nacogdoches County Jail to be booked in on a misdemeanor public intoxication charge, jailers found a small revolver hidden in his sock.

Gail Watson, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches Jail on two third-degree felony charges - deadly weapon in a penal institution and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felony. He was also charged with public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said it is jail policy for jailers to conduct "a very thorough search" before arrestees are booked into the jail.

For each of the felony weapons charges, Watson faces a possible prison sentence of 2 to 10 years and/or a fine of $10,000, according to Texas Penal Code.

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