PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop for speeding Tuesday on U.S. 41 south of Punta Gorda that resulted in the arrest of two drug dealers of Methamphetamine and marijuana. Devon Richard Nostdahl, 20, of 3068 Villa Street, and Richard Michael Lewis, 18, 1050 Bounds Street, were arrested.
The deputy’s radar showed Lewis was going 70mph and he was pulled over near Acline Road at 11:37 p.m. When the deputy approached the driver he could see a crumpled aluminum foil in the open ashtray. Lewis then produced another piece of aluminum foil from his pocket, ripped it open and a powdery substance spilled in his lap. He said he was delivering it to a person in Port Charlotte from someone in Ft. Myers. The powder tested positive for Methamphetamine.
Lewis and Nostdahl exited the vehicle when backup units arrived to begin a search of the vehicle. Deputies located 17 Zip-Lock plastic baggies, a total of 27 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, a glass pipe with Meth residue, three burnt marijuana butts, a butterfly knife, metal knuckles, and a loaded .380 caliber handgun. Nostdahl said he just bought the gun for $20. He said he and Lewis went to a friend’s house in Ft. Myers and was asked to deliver drugs in the aluminum foil. He also said he bought about 15 grams of marijuana for $100.
During the investigation Lewis received several text messages on his iPhone; one person asked for an “eighth” of marijuana. Another text asked to get some “but.” The iPhone was seized for evidence. The vehicle was towed and both were taken to the Charlotte County Jail. Nostdahl and Lewis were both charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana Over 20-Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Nostdahl was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Lewis also was charged with Possession of a Concealed Weapon (metal knuckles.) Lewis posted a $7,000 bond while Nostdahl remains in jail on a $13,500 bond. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).