Marco man arrested on several felony drug charges after domestic incident

Devan Patel
Marco Eagle
Nicholas Stolinas, 30, was arrested Thursday on multiple felony charges after police responded to a domestic incident at a discount store.

A Marco Island man was arrested Thursday afternoon on several felony charges after police responded to a domestic incident outside a discount store.

Marco Island police booked Nicholas Stolinas, 30, on three counts of possession of a controlled substance, battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felon in possession of ammunition charges after a call came in from a woman about Stolinas circling the parking lot.

The woman, who reports indicate had swelling around her left orbital area and redness around her left ear, told police she was afraid of going outside and being captured by Stolinas. The woman told police she sustained her injuries as a result of Stolinas punching her in the face and said he had a history of violence that she never reported.

While one officer was interviewing the woman, another officer spotted Stolinas’s car heading away from the store and conducted a traffic stop at Gulfstream Street and San Marco Road.

The officer that spotted Stolinas's car knew it from previous encounters as Thursday's arrest marked the 10th time Marco Island police arrested him and transported him to a Collier County Jail.

After arresting Stolinas on battery charges, an inventory of the vehicle uncovered 4.6 grams of heroin and small amounts of crack cocaine in the center console where Stolinas’s cellular phone was located.

In a separate plastic container, police also found a metallic pipe with copper wiring at the end, which is commonly used to ingest narcotics.

Police found a camera bag in the back seat of the car containing spoons and forks with brown and white residue, a bag with white powder, three used syringes, six morphine pills, a bag of yellow powder and a few defaced yellow pills. Several empty dime bags were also found throughout the vehicle.

Field tests confirmed the white powder, which when weighed totaled 15.1 grams, as cocaine. 

The bag of yellow powder was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for further testing.

In the trunk of Stolinas’s vehicle, police found 50 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. Ammunition of the same make and caliber were also found under the driver’s side sun visor.

Stolinas was taken to Naples Jail Center and remains in custody as of Monday morning. Bond was set at $67,500.