Two people from Ocala were arrested after multiple drugs and paraphernalia were found inside their vehicle during a traffic stop on E Silver Springs Boulevard.
On Friday, June 3 at around 2:10 p.m., an OPD detective observed a Ford sedan in the 1400 block of W State Road 40 in Ocala that was swerving across the lanes. The vehicle nearly struck the detective’s patrol car and continued eastbound on State Road 40.
The detective drove towards the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop and observed a male passenger who appeared to be using a blue straw to snort narcotics. Another OPD officer arrived on scene and conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 4900 block of E State Road 40.
The vehicle pulled over in the 5100 block of E Silver Springs Boulevard. The driver was identified as 33-year-old Nichelle N. Cicoria, and the passenger was identified as 35-year-old Daniel P. Logiudice.
Cicoria told the officer that she was swerving due to being tired. She exited the vehicle along with Logiudice. The officer noticed a syringe under Logiudice’s leg as he stepped outside the vehicle.
The OPD report indicated that Logiudice attempted to reach back into the vehicle and was instructed by the officer to stop. Logiudice ignored the officer’s instructions and continued to reach into the vehicle. He was detained in handcuffs and placed under arrest for resisting without violence.
The officer searched Logiudice’s pockets and located a spoon along with a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl. An unmarked pill bottle containing over 50 pills was also located, and the pills were identified as alprazolam.
After Cicoria exited the vehicle, she was searched and a small bag containing a crystal rock-like substance was located. The substance field-tested positive for cocaine.
According to the OPD report, the interior of the vehicle was searched, and the following items were seized:
- A brown purse that belonged to Cicoria. Inside the purse, the officers found a small blue bag filled with a green leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana, an unmarked pill containing a small bag filled with a crystal rock-like substance that field-tested positive for cocaine, aluminum foil, and a straw.
- A black backpack that was on the floorboard near the passenger’s seat. Inside the backpack, the officers found multiple unused syringes, aluminum foil, multiple boxes of suboxone that were prescribed to Logiudice, and a digital scale.
- A small tobacco container on the passenger’s seat that contained a small bag filled with a crystal rock-like substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.
Cicoria agreed to speak with OPD investigators, and she admitted that the drugs that were found on her, as well as the drugs that were inside the brown purse, belonged to her. She stated that she has been addicted to drugs for a long time.
Logiudice also agreed to speak with investigators, and he admitted that the substance found in his pocket belonged to him. He stated that it was a mixture of fentanyl and another drug. The OPD report indicated that Logiudice also admitted to “smoking in the vehicle.”
Cicoria was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she was later released on $6,000 bond. She is facing two felony charges for possession of cocaine along with misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia. A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.
Logiudice was also arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he was later released on $10,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for possession of cocaine, possession of fentanyl, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, along with misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer without violence. A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, July 5 at 9 a.m, according to jail records.