CCSO: Naples physician arrested after homemade explosive devices found at home, suspended
A Naples physician was suspended after his arrest Tuesday where detectives found multiple homemade explosive devices and large quantities of illegal drugs at his home near North Naples, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives were executing a search warrant at the home when they arrested Christy Daniel Cugini, 63.
Cugini is facing multiple felony charges. He is a doctor specializing in internal medicine with the NCH Health Care System and works primarily out of an office in downtown Naples, according to the health care system’s website.
NCH has suspended the privileges of Cugini from the Millennium Physician Group while the ongoing investigation is conducted by the sheriff's office, said Shawn McConnell, director of marketing and communications for the health care system.
Detectives found homemade improvised explosive devices inside Cugini’s residence and garage, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office bomb squad was brought in to investigate during the search of the man’s home.
“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 Cugini’s arrest reports.
Detectives found bomb-making materials inside Cugini’s residence, including PVC pipe and powders commonly used in fireworks. They also found potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate which can be used as oxidizers in the creation of home-made explosives, according to the sheriff’s office.
Cugini was charged with nine counts of making or possessing a destructive device.
Detectives also found marijuana, Tramadol, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone in Cugini’s bedroom, according to the sheriff’s office.
Some of the narcotics were in pill bottles with other people’s names on them and many of the substances were in trafficking quantities, according to the sheriff’s office.
The search also turned up numerous items of narcotic paraphernalia, including heat seal bags, a vacuum sealer and a scale, according to the sheriff’s office.
Cugini was also charged with narcotics trafficking, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or manufacture or deliver, possession of marijuana more than 20 grams, possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
Cugini's arrest photo is exempt from release under Florida Statute 119, the state’s public records law, according to the sheriff’s office.
An investigation continues and more charges could be brought, according to the sheriff’s office.