Meredith man with long record charged with intent to sell oxycodone & being a felon in possession of a firearm
Published DateMEREDITH — A local man was ordered held on $25,000 cash-only bail in circuit court yesterday morning after being arrested Friday afternoon for possession of narcotic with intent to sell and having a firearm in his possession.
Complaints filed in the 4th Circuit Court show Jeremie A. Simmons, 32, of 15 Northview Ave. Apt. U2 is charged with possession of an unknown amount of oxycodone — a narcotic painkiller — with intent to sell and being a felon in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40 semi-automatic caliber handgun.
At the request of Meredith Lt. Prosecutor Keith True, the affidavits supporting Simmons's arrest were sealed.
According to clerks in N.H. Circuit and Superior Courts, Simmons has a lengthy criminal record, including a 2000 felony conviction for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them, and 2006 and 2007 convictions for being a felon in possession of a weapon.
In November of 2006, Simmons engaged in a standoff with Laconia Police and the Belknap County Special Operations Group while he sat in his car on Court Street waiving a handgun with a laser pointer and threatening to commit suicide.
During the standoff and according to news accounts at the time, Simmons refused to communicate with police and repeatedly sent text messages to his wife, mostly about his impending suicide.
City police had been called to the Simmons home at 8:20 p.m. on November 4 after he had threatened to kill himself. They found him in his car that had been backed into a corner of the parking lot at Stafford Oil Company.
After he failed to respond to them using phone calls, cell phone calls, text messages and a loudspeaker, police deployed tear gas.
After Simmon's arrest, police found a fully-loaded handgun in the center console of his car. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon and convicted in 2007 of two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon in Belknap County Superior Court.
Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said Simmons was sentenced on September 10, 2007 to serve two-to five years on one count and a suspended sentence of 3 1/2 to seven on the second charge.
As to his latest arrest for possession of narcotics with the intent to sell and for being a felon in possession of a handgun, Meredith Police said only that they are continuing their investigation.