SERVING ASCENSION, ASSUMPTION & ST. JAMES PARISHES

Metairie Man Pleads Guilty to Various Drug Charges

          On April 4, 2017, Chad Cuccia of 1204 Green St. Metairie, LA., age 44, pled guilty to the charges of Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts), Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts), Possession of 28 Grams or More, but Less than 200 Grams of Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, or Mixture, Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids 1st Offense, Resisting an Officer, Flight From an Officer, Negligent Injuring, Simple Obstruction of a Highway, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cuccia was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Manda, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following two unrelated narcotics related arrests. 

          On May 28, 2016, a deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division observed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle described during a recent burglary investigation, being an unknown model Lexus, traveling westbound on Babin Rd. in Gonzales. The deputy turned around and caught up to the vehicle in question in effort to investigate. As the deputy was attempting to turn around, the vehicle in question veered off onto J.D. Broussard Rd. As the deputy was turning onto J.D. Broussard Rd., he observed the vehicle parked with the lights turned off. As the deputy approached the vehicle and activated his emergency lights, the vehicle fled. The deputy pursued the vehicle at high rates of speed for a short distance. The driver of the suspect vehicle attempted to turn onto Whitfield Rd., but due to the speed of the vehicle, was unsuccessful in making the turn and ran off of the left side of the highway before striking a stop sign and coming to rest in a ditch. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. As deputies approached the vehicle, they noticed a female subject in the passenger seat suffering from a possible head injury. As deputies gave aid to the passenger and continued their investigation, it was determined that the vehicle was registered to Chad Cuccia, and he was in fact driving the vehicle during this event. During an inventory search of the vehicle, deputies locate a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana concealed under the seats of the vehicle, several empty clear plastic baggies commonly used for packaging illegal narcotics for sale, and a digital scale disguised as a CD case. An arrest warrant was issued for Cuccia, and he was subsequently apprehended in St. Martin Parish. Cuccia was transported back to Ascension Parish where he was booked on the charges of Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids 1st Offense, Resisting an Officer, Flight from an Officer, Negligent Injuring, Simple Obstruction of a Highway, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

          On October 14, 2016, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies and Detectives were dispatched to the Ascension Parish Jail after an inmate identified as Chad Cuccia, was searched, and observed to be in possession of a variety of illegal narcotics. During a search of inmate Cuccia’s belongings, deputies located a quantity of Alprazolam and Clonazepam pills, a small clear plastic baggie containing powder cocaine, two makeshift baggies containing crystal meth, and a packet of suboxone. All contraband was collected, bagged, and placed into evidence. Cuccia was subsequently booked on several counts of narcotics possession. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above listed charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Cuccia be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a total of 7 years. On the charges of Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts), and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts), Cuccia was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served on each count. On the charge of Possession of 28 Grams or More, but Less than 200 Grams of Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, or Mixture, Cuccia was sentenced to 7 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at hard labor with credit for time served. On the charges of Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids 1st Offense, Resisting an Officer, Flight From an Officer, Negligent Injuring, Simple Obstruction of a Highway, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Cuccia was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served on each count. It was further ordered that all of the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.