Atlanta Cab Driver Who Received PPP Loan Arrested on Drug Trafficking, Gun Charges

Last updated September 11, 2021 @ 12:58 PM ET

COWETA COUNTY – The former owner of Atlanta Urban Limousine & Transportation, LLC was arrested by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office after deputies discovered 26 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of a 2008 Mercedes during a traffic stop.

47-year-old Simon Sana Baldeh, of 507 Preston Landing Circle in Lithia Springs, received a PPP loan of $3,827 back in April, listing himself as an “independent contractor”.

Baldeh’s LLC expired in 2016.

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Reports say Baldeh was pulled over for running a red light. Deputies smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, which gave them probable cause to perform a search where 2 firearms were located as well as 26 pounds of marijuana.

Baldeh was arrested and charged with felony drug and gun charges.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the officer’s narrative report. We do not fix any spelling or grammatical errors. Any changes made by our staff are placed inside brackets.]

On June 29, 2021, at 2216 hours, I observed a black Mercedes passenger car traveling west on Bullsboro Dr. traveled into the left-hand turning lanes at the intersection of Bullsboro Dr. and Celebrate Life. As the vehicle approached the intersection the left-hand turn signal was red. The vehicle did not stop and completed a U-turn and began to travel east on Bullsboro Dr. and turned into 759 Bullsboro Dr.

I activated my blue lights to perform a uniformed traffic stop. The black Mercedes pulled into a parking space at Zaxby’s and came to a stop. I exited my patrol vehicle and made a passenger-side approach. Once I reached the front passenger side window I made the driver, Simon Baldeh aware I was DS. Holloway with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and I needed to see his driver’s license.

After retrieving Mr. Simon’s Ga driver’s license I explained the reason for the uniformed traffic stop. While standing at the front passenger window I smelled the odor of green marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. I asked Mr. Simon if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and he said no. His cousin smokes in the vehicle but there wasn’t any marijuana that he knew of. I then asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle and Mr. Simon yes there was one in the passenger seat. I asked him not to reach for it and walked back to my patrol vehicle.

I walked back to my patrol vehicle and ran the Ga tag XUC455 displayed on the black Mercedes and Mr. Simon’s Ga OLN through GCIC and both returned active and valid. It was at this time DS. R. Anderson arrived at the traffic stop and I walked back to the driver’s door and asked Mr. Simon to turn the vehicle off and step out. I explained to Mr. Simon that based on my knowledge, training, and experience I smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle, and in the state of Ga that gives me probable cause to search the vehicle. I searched Mr. Simon for weapons and had him sit on my bumper with DS. R Anderson while I searched the vehicle.

While searching the vehicle I located a small fist size bag of marijuana, two grinders, and Mr. Simon’s medication in a brown overnight bag sitting in the passenger seat. A berretta AXP 9mm handgun serial number [REDACTED] in the passenger seat, a Glock 23 Serial number [REDACTED] was located under the driver seat.

I walked back and placed Mr. Simon under arrest for possession of marijuana. I placed handcuffs to the rear and double-locked them for safety. I searched Mr. Simon incident to arrest him and located his cell phone in the front left pocket and 1,000 in cash in his front right pocket. I read Mr. Simon his Miranda Warning he stated he did not wish to talk. I placed him in the back seat of my vehicle.

Ds. R. Anderson opened the trunk of the vehicle and located two trash bags. In the two black trash bags were 26 pounds of marijuana in food saver sealed bags, each was a pound apiece. I then had dispatch confirm there were no liens on the vehicle and start the parker’s wrecker service to tow the vehicle to the Coweta County Jail.

After Park’s arrived he put the Mercedes on the wrecker, the marijuana was placed in Sgt. Windom’s patrol vehicle and I followed the wrecker to the jail.
The two firearms, 1000 dollars in US currency, Mercedes VIN# WDDGF54XX8R01045 were placed into evidence pending seizure. The 26 pounds of marijuana and drug-related objects were placed into evidence for testing. Mr. Simon’s Cell phone was turned over to Inv. Z. Fore.

I charged Mr. Simon for running a red light, firearm during a commission of a felony, trafficking marijuana, and possession of drug-related objects. He was turned over to the jail staff without incident.

After attempting to review my body camera footage I noticed it was not activated on any of my traffic stops today.