PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy arrested a convicted felon from Arcadia who ran a stop sign. The deputy then found a loaded gun, stun gun, ammunition, brass knuckles, marijuana and $1,520 cash. Simon Nelson Bazaldua, 28, 1624 NE Sugar Babe Road, was arrested at 2:18 a.m. this morning.
A deputy observed Bazaldua exit a gas station parking lot and run the stop sign; a traffic stop was made at Cochran and Lakeview boulevards. As the deputy approached Bazaldua there was a strong odor of marijuana emitting from his white Chevrolet Suburban. A search of the vehicle found brass knuckles under the front of the center console. The deputy noticed the center cup holder was loose and was able to remove it. Hidden inside were 9mm hollow point ammunition, a fully loaded 9mm handgun, a pinkstun gun, and $1,450 cashwith a rubber band around it.
A further search found marijuana under the driver’s seat and $70 cash secured by a rubber band in the drivers’ sun visor. A check on Bazaldua found that he is a convicted felon and does not have a concealed weapons permit. He was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail for Felon Possession of a Firearm, Felon Possession of Ammunition, Felon Possession of Electric Weapon, Felon Possession of Brass Knuckles, Possession of Concealed Firearm, Possession of Brass Knuckles, Possession of Stun Gun, and Possession of Marijuana. Bazaldua remains in jail on $26,000 bond.