Port Charlotte traffic stop puts convicted felon back behind bars
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A traffic stop for running a stop sign in Port Charlotte ended with the arrest of an Arcadia man.
A Charlotte County deputy spotted 28-year-old Simon Nelson Bazaldua early this morning running a stop sign.
The deputy found a loaded gun, stun gun, ammunition, brass knuckles, marijuana and $1,520 in cash in the convicted felon's SUV.
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 coming from his white Chevrolet Suburban.
A search of the vehicle recovered brass knuckles under the front of the center console. The deputy noticed the center cup holder was loose, removed it and discovered hollow point ammunition, a fully loaded 9mm handgun, a pink stun gun and $1,450 cash.
A further search found marijuana under the driver’s seat and another $70 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.