Speeding stop in Charlotte County leads to drug arrests

Devon Nostdahl Richard Lewis

Speeding stop in Charlotte County leads to drug arrests

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Aug 29, 2012

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A stop for speeding by a Charlotte County deputy resulted in the arrest of two suspected drug dealers.

20-year-old Devon Richard Nostdahl and 18-year-old Richard Michael Lewis, both of Port Charlotte, happened after a deputy using radar spotted Lewis driving 70 mph near U.S. 41 and Acline Road. 

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.

During 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.