LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 31-year-old woman on a felony drug charge after she allegedly put a Styrofoam cup containing a bottle of PCP into the freezer at a the Academy of Hair on Monday. The cup had her name on it.
Latoya Mae Zigler Pickard, 31, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 400 grams. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Lt. David Young, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said Zigler Pickard, a student at the Hair Academy, stored a Styrofoam cup with her name on it in the school's freezer for several days. The cup had a bottle of liquid in it, and after the school's management found what they thought was drugs in their freezer, they called the police.
Young said Zigler Pickard came to the Lufkin Police Department while the substance was being field tested. After the substance tested positive for PCP, Zigler Pickard allegedly told the arresting officer that she was holding the drug for a friend.
Carroll Lewing, the Vice President of the academy, says he can't believe it.
"This is how I get repaid. It's kind of like a slap in the face pretty much," Lewing said. "I'm shocked. Because I bent over backwards for this young lady to help her achieve the goal that she wants to get, but now, it's kind of where do you go from here?"
Zigler has been expelled from the academy before, Lewing said.
"On the cell phone, you know, different things - out of the building when she shouldn't be. Small incidents and stuff like that but nothing to this magnitude right here," Lewing said.
He added he was hoping Zigler would take her education seriously.
"I allowed her to come back because I wanted her to get an education that she deserves, and then this happens, and now you kind of second guess yourself," Lewing said.
Back in May 2013, Zigler Pickard was arrested in San Augustine County after she allegedly cut her husband with a knife because she thought he was cheating on her. She told San Augustine County Sheriff's Office deputies that she had been acting in self defense when she went after her husband with a knife.
According to the arrest affidavit, a deputy with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Pickard's residence in the 600 block of U.S. Highway 96 North in reference to an assault. Pickard's husband told the deputy that she attacked him because she thought he was cheating on her, and he had numerous defensive knife wounds on his hands.
"L. Pickard had a small cut above her wrist, but otherwise showed no signs of being physically assaulted," the deputy said in the affidavit.