NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 35-year-old man on Thursday in connection to allegations that he had cocaine and other drug paraphernalia within easy reach of a 1-year-old girl that lived in his home.
Sheriff Jason Bridges said his deputies saw Marcus Tywon Kegler, of Nacogdoches, holding his 1-year-old daughter as he handed cocaine to another man, who was also arrested.
Marcus Tywon Kegler, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charge, a second-degree felony abandoning or endangering a child charge, and four Class C misdemeanor charges.
Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $150,000.
According to the arrest warrant, NCSO deputies executed a search warrant at a residence in the Stone Fort Apartments in the 100 block of Old Line Drive on Thursday. When they did so, they found Kegler and Brian Leroy Douglas, 36, of Nacogdoches, in the residence and in the process of making a drug transaction. At the time, Kegler was holding his daughter in his arms.
During the search of the apartment, deputies found 8 grams crack cocaine, 1 gram of powdered cocaine, numerous bottles of codeine, drug paraphernalia, including cooking utensils for crack cocaine, digital scales, and packaging material, that suggested that drugs were being sold from the residence. The NCSO deputies also found 4 grams of MDMA ecstasy pills in Douglas' vehicle.
Both men were arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail. Douglas is still being held in the jail on a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams charges, and his bail has been set at $15,000.