A convicted felon who went to pick up a recently released inmate from the West Valley Detention Center was arrested for possession of loaded weapons, ammunition and a baggie of marijuana Friday night.  And he had two young children in his car.

At 9:13 p.m. Aug. 7, Harold Nickleberry, a 38-year-old San Bernardino resident, drove up to the front gate of the jail in Rancho Cucamonga. Deputy Jaime Pulido, who was assigned the front gate, confirmed that he was a felon. Felons are prohibited from being on jail property by Penal Code 4571.

Pulido found a loaded .38 Special handgun in Nickleberry’s front pocket. Inside the vehicle were his 1-year-old and 9-year-old children. 

“Underneath the driver’s seat, Pulido found a loaded Taurus .40-caliber handgun,” said a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release. “The serial numbers to this gun were obliterated. Pulido also located two boxes of .40-caliber ammunition containing multiple rounds of ammunition and a baggie of marijuana.”

Nickleberry was arrested and the children were released to their mother.

Nickleberry was booked into the jail for violation of PC 29800(A)(1), PC 30305(A)(1), PC 4571, and PC 4573. 

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Nickleberry posted $50,000 bail and was released. The case has been forwarded to the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office for review.