A 37-year-old convicted felon was in possession of other people’s IDs and dangerous illegal drugs when deputies arrested him for violating curfew.
According to deputies, Charles Alexander Bates of East Naples, was wearing a large bag across his chest with a large pocket knife on the front when deputies encountered him after midnight on a heavily damaged residential street in North Naples.
Deputies had removed Bates from a residential property on the street prior to the curfew taking effect at midnight. He was unable to explain why he was back on the property and out past curfew. He was taken into custody.
“I will not tolerate criminal activity as our community recovers from Hurricane Ian,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “Deputies are patrolling day and night to protect our citizens and their property.”
Bates faces eight additional charges, including five narcotics-related felonies.
Deputies found a wallet containing somebody else’s Florida ID and credit cards inside one of Bates’ pants pockets. They also found $155 cash and the deadly opioid fentanyl in his pocket.
“These are not my pants,” Bates told deputies during the search.
Deputies found more fentanyl, crack cocaine, Xanax bars, Clonezepam, Diazepam, and marijuana inside the bag he was carrying. The bag also contained another individual’s passport, a Versace plate valued at $300, and narcotic paraphernalia.
Bates is a convicted felon whose criminal history that includes arrests for grand theft, narcotics offenses and battery.