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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Ocala woman arrested after deputy finds multiple drugs inside her pickup truck

A 41-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after a deputy found multiple drugs inside her pickup truck during a traffic stop.

On Sunday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over a 2001 red Nissan pickup truck near the 4500 block of NW 44th Avenue.

The deputy advised the driver and sole occupant of the truck, Becky Jean Nichols, that the traffic stop was conducted due to her vehicle not having insurance.

Becky Jean Nichols

When the deputy ran a computer check on Nichols, an active Marion County warrant was discovered for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

According to the MCSO report, Nichols was detained in handcuffs, and she began to reach into her left front pocket. The deputy told her to remove her hand from her pocket, and she told the deputy, “I got something on me.”

A white powdery substance was wrapped in plastic inside her left pocket, and it later field-tested positive for cocaine.

The deputy searched Nichols’ truck and found a metal scale in-between the driver’s seat and center console with a waxy residue on it that later field-tested positive for marijuana.

Two black purses were found on the passenger seat. The first purse contained a prescription pill bottle prescribed to Nichols, a baggie that contained a crystal substance that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and a glass pipe that had burnt residue on it.

The second purse contained folded Swisher Sweets wrappers that contained a gray power that later field-tested positive for PCP. Three oval-shaped pills were also found inside the purse, and the pills were later identified as a prescription drug called Gabapentin.

Nichols admitted that the first purse with the pill bottle and baggie belonged to her, and she told the deputy that she used the pipe to “smoke crack.”

She denied knowledge of the scale and claimed that the second purse belonged to her sister.

Nichols was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. When asked if she had anything that would be considered contraband, she removed a small white crystal substance from her bra that later field-tested positive for cocaine.

She is currently being held at the jail on $7,500 bond and is facing multiple felony charges for drug possession. A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.