Sheriff's Deputies and county Probation Officers arrested Gary Simrak on probation violations and seized firearms, methamphetamine, other narcotics and paraphernalia.

Deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff's Station and San Bernardino County Probation Officers conducted a probation compliance check at a residence on North Shore Drive Feb. 12. They arrested Gary Simrak.

Simrak, 53, is a convicted felon on Post Release Community Supervision. He was located at a house in the 200 block of North Shore Drive in Big Bear City. Authorities said Simrak was reportedly absconding from his probation officer.

Due to his previous felony conviction on possession of a controlled substance for sale, Simrak is subject to search of his person and property. During the probation search, four firearms were seized, as well as ammunition, methamphetamine, other narcotics, paraphernalia consistent with drug sales and a large amount of cash.

Simrak was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

Simrak is in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail with an arraignment hearing set for Feb. 14 in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

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Good work sheriffs dept. I wonder why we now have a head shop on moonridge road. Is that really what we want leading up to our new zoo and with all the supposed plans to upgrade Moonridge area? How about that city Council? How about that lieutenant does that work for you guys.?


It’s a headshop. A legal entity. They sell apparel and art too. Do you feel the same way about all the bars and liquor stores up here?


What’s wrong with that? Do you prefer more bars or did you complain about that too?


I agree with you. Also people need to stop drinking and driving. I hope they get busted when leaving the bars. Good job taking his guns away.

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