Ocala woman arrested after MP found several drugs in her van

ByDonald L. Leech

Jan 3, 2022

A 41-year-old woman from Ocala was arrested after a deputy found several drugs inside her van during a traffic stop.

On Sunday, an assistant from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office stopped a red 2001 Nissan pickup truck near the 4500 block of NW 44th Avenue.

The deputy informed the driver and sole occupant of the truck, Becky Jean Nichols, that the stop was made because her vehicle did not have insurance.

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When the MP performed a computer check on Nichols, an active Marion County arrest 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 rummage in her left front pocket. The assistant told her to take her hand out of her pocket, and she said to the assistant, “I have something on me.

A white powdery substance was wrapped in plastic inside her left pocket, and she then tested positive in the field for cocaine.

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

Two black handbags were found in the passenger seat. The first purse contained a bottle of prescription pills prescribed to Nichols, a bag containing a crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, and a glass pipe with burnt residue on it.

The second purse contained folded wrappers of Swisher Sweets which contained a gray powder which was then 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 bag belonged to her, and she told the deputy that she had used the pipe to “smoke crack”.

She denied knowing about the scale and claimed the second purse belonged to her sister.

Nichols was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. When asked if she had anything that could be considered contraband, she removed a small, white crystalline substance from her bra which then tested positive for cocaine.

She is currently being held in jail on $ 7,500 bail and faces multiple felony charges for drug possession. A court date has not yet been set, according to prison records.