NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested a 52-year-old woman late Sunday night after she allegedly tried to get rid of drug evidence by swallowing it.
Nyetha Mae Zigler, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance less than one gram charge and a third-degree felony tamper with or fabricate physical evidence. Her bail amount has been set at $7,500 for the tampering with evidence charge.
According to the Nacogdoches Police Department's daily activity report, NPD officers went to check out a report of suspicious activity and found a car parked in the 1500 block of Fox Street at about 11:20 p.m. Sunday. When they got there, a passenger opened one of the vehicle's doors, noticed the officers, and quickly closed the door.
The officers determined that all four people in the car were drinking alcohol. After the officers identified Zigler as the driver, the dispatcher told them she had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance the report stated.
The officers took Zigler into custody and put her in the back seat of a patrol unit. Later, an officer saw Zigler making furtive movements before he saw her put a substance in her mouth and swallow it, the report stated.
The officer who obtained the arrest affidavit wrote that he believes Zigler's intent was to destroy physical drug evidence based on the fact that cocaine paraphernalia was found on her person, and a cocaine-smoking pipe was found in the beer can that Zigler had been holding when the officers made contact with her and the other three people in the car, the report stated.
A passenger in the car was arrested on misdemeanor charges after the NPD officers learned that she had given them a fake name in effort to avoid getting arrested.