Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Nov. 29, 2021, at about 1:50 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol near Samoa observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Highway 255 and Vance Avenue.

Deputies conducted a suspicious vehicle investigation and contacted two occupants, one of which was identified as 35-year-old Sean Edward Simpson. Simpson was found to be on formal probation with a search clause. Deputies conducted a search of Simpson and the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located ammunition and a loaded firearm.

Simpson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of felon in possession of a firearm (PC 29800(a)(1)), carrying a loaded firearm in a public place (PC 25850(a)), carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle (PC 25400(a)(1)), person prohibited in possession of ammunition (PC 30305(a)) and violation of probation (PC 1203.2(a)(2)), in addition to warrant charges of driving with a suspended license (VC 14601.5(a)), possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377(a)) and possession of a narcotic controlled substance (HS 11350(a)).

The second occupant of the vehicle was released at the scene.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.