An Anthony woman who spent a month in jail for drug trafficking over the summer is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after being caught in a car with a safe full of methamphetamine, marijuana, PCP, and heroin.
Meanwhile, the Silver Springs man who was the driver of the vehicle was arrested for allegedly having the wrong license plate and altering the date on the tag’s validation sticker with a black marker.
Tikishia Chantel McAmis, 30, of 3710 NE 97th St. Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (felony), possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and two counts of possession of drug equipment. McAmis was in jail from July 15 through Aug. 14 for multiple drug trafficking and possession charges, and she was also arrested in February and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug equipment, according to jail records.
At around 9 p.m. Thursday, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol at the Circle K at 5182 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala when he observed a gold Mercury at the gas pump. The license plate validation sticker was changed with a black marker to say “08-22.” The deputy conducted a computer check on the license plate, which came back registered to a gold Hyundai, according to the sheriff’s office report.
A man later identified as 37-year-old Michael Victor Ferioli got into the driver’s seat of the Mercury and started to pull out of the parking lot. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and charged Ferioli with a suspended license, attaching an unassigned license plate to a vehicle and failure to register a motor vehicle, along with a warrant for failure to appear for a prior charge of driving with a suspended license.
Before the vehicle was towed, an inventory search was conducted and a small black safe was found on top of a bag on the back passenger floorboard where McAmis was sitting. Her feet were on top of the bag. The deputy asked McAmis which items were hers and she pointed out a small backpack and another bag on the seat in the center. She said the other bag with the safe didn’t belong to her, according to the report.
Inside McAmis’ backpack was a black lighter wit the letters “TSK” written on it. There were also various items in the bag with “CWB” written on them. The safe had the same letters – “TSK” and “CWB” written on it with what appeared to be the same marker and the same kind of letters. Also in the bag was another container with the same graffiti on them. McAmis said all of the items belonged to her except for the safe, the report said.
The deputy opened the safe and located seven plastic bags of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine packaged for sale. Also in the bag was a large piece of foil with a significant amount of grey powder that tested positive for phencyclidine (PCP), a plastic bag that contained 8 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine, and a small brown vial that tested positive for heroin, according to the report.
McAmis claimed the safe was not hers despite the fact she was sitting on it and all the other items with the distinct lettering and markings belonged to her. She was informed of the charges and taken to jail, where she awaits a Dec. 8 appearance in Marion County Court.