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Naples physician arrested after deputies say they found narcotics and explosives in his home

Posted at 9:38 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 21:58:17-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Detectives arrested a Naples physician Tuesday after they found illegal narcotics and multiple homemade explosive devices while executing a search warrant at his Golden Gate residence.

Christy Daniel Cugini, 63, of Isla De Palma Circle, faces multiple felony charges in connection with his arrest, according to Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.

An investigation continues and more charges could be brought.

Detectives were executing a search warrant when they found numerous illegal narcotics in Cugini’s bedroom including marijuana, Tramadol, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone. Some of the narcotics were in pill bottles with other people’s names on them. Many of the substances were of trafficking quantities. The search also turned up numerous items of narcotic paraphernalia, including heat seal bags, a vacuum sealer, and a scale.

Cugini is charged with narcotics trafficking; possession of marijuana with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver; possession of marijuana more than 20 grams; possession of a controlled substance; and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

During the search detectives also found homemade improvised explosive devices inside Cugini’s residence and garage. The CCSO bomb squad was brought in to investigate.

“The items bore no markings or warnings, and the construction of the devices was inconsistent and sloppy. They did not appear to be commercially produced,” according to arrest reports.

The search also turned up bomb-making materials including PVC pipe; powders commonly used in fireworks; and potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate which can be used as oxidizers in the creation of home-made explosives.

Cugini was additionally charged with nine counts of making/possessing a destructive device.

Cugini's arrest photo is exempt from release under Florida Statute 119, the state’s public records law.