Harwich man arrested in Yarmouth on drug and weapons charges

Yarmouth Police photo: Mark Simpson

YARMOUTH –Yarmouth Police are charging a Harwich man with unlawful possession of guns and ammunition after his arrest Saturday night.

Officer Ryan Brule stopped to check on a suspicious motor vehicle which was parked after hours in Peter Homer Park in South Yarmouth just before 11 p.m. The park is closed from 10:00 pm to 6:00 daily.

When Brule made contact with the operator, identified as Mark R. Simpson, 30, he was allegedlyexhibiting signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police said Simpson was uncooperative, argumentative, and refused to present a valid driver’s license upon request.

Based on his observations and Simpsons actions, Officer Brule requested additional officers to assist. Officer Diana Wells and Officer Christopher Eccleston arrived and assisted with the investigation.

After several orders to exit the vehicle, Simpson finally complied but only after removing his jacket and placing an unknown item under the driver’s seat. As Simpson stepped from the vehicle he took a fighting stance and had to be restrained by Officer Brule, Officer Eccleston and Officer Wells.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the glove compartment, a quantity of marijuana under the driver’s seat, suboxone strips and shotgun ammunition in the center console and a 12 gauge shot gun in the back seat.

Simpson was transported to the Yarmouth Police Department where he was booked and held on $1500 bail. He was arraigned on Monday.

Simpson was charged with:

• Unlawful possession of ammunition (shotgun ammunition)
• Unlawful possession of ammunition (handgun ammunition)
• Unlawful possession of a firearm (pistol)
• Unlawful possession of a firearm (shotgun)
• OUI Drugs
• Resisting Arrest
• Failure to produce license/registration

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