3 people arrested in Upshur County following incident involving drug use, child neglect

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Three people have been arrested following an incident involving meth and marijuana in Buckhannon on Tuesday, including one man on drug charges and a man and a woman on child neglect charges.

On Tuesday, March 12, officers with the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit were initiating a search warrant at a residence on Hickory Flat Road in Buckhannon with assistance from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. One officer was providing surveillance on the residence and observed Thomas Cicalese, 68, of Buckhannon leave the residence prior to other officers’ arrival.

Officers followed Thomas Cicalese and conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. Officers said that they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from Thomas Cicalese’s vehicle and his person. Thomas Cicalease had individually packaged marijuana and methamphetamine on his person along with cash, according to court documents. Officers said pre-packaged marijuana was also located inside the vehicle.

Following the search of Thomas Cicalese’s vehicle, authorities executed the search warrant at his residence. Upon entering the residence, authorities discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple smoking devices lying on a coffee table in the living room, according to West Virginia State Police. Authorities also discovered a 3-month-old infant lying in a car seat on the floor in close proximity to the drugs and paraphernalia that were on the coffee table, troopers said. 

Nicolas Cicalese, 30, of Buckhannon and Tesyla Mowery, 24, of Weston were also inside the residence and identified as the parents on the 3-month-old child, according to court documents. Troopers said that when authorities retrieved the child’s diaper bag, they discovered an open can of an alcoholic beverage concealed inside.

Thomas Cicalese has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Nicholas Cicalese and Mowery have each been charged child neglect resulting in risk of injury. 

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