If you're going to deal ecstasy, it may be a good idea to keep a lower profile than Andrew Taylor Simmons (and not just the quintessential hipster look).
On Saturday, Simmons was inside his black Chevy Avalanche, which was parked on North 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, when Harlingen Police Department officers approached the vehicle. A surprised Simmons, according to Harlingen PD, tried to hide a clear plastic bag.
Now, if the 23-year-old dude didn't have a neck tattoo of a third-eye pyramid with wings, maybe the cops wouldn't have asked what the guy was trying to hide.
But if you're a law enforcement officer and you see a guy with a script "Survive" tattoo under his right eye, you're probably going to take the next step to see what's up with this odd-looking cat.
Harlingen officers were right to following their instincts: Simmons was attempting to hide 174 ecstasy pills.
"During an interview with investigators," says Harlingen PD Sergeant John Lee Parrish, "Simmons provided a statement that he was going to deliver the pills to another person for payment."
Simmons gave investigators written consent to search his apartment. There, officers found 1,452 more pills of eccy.
Simmons was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.
Simmons survived arraignment on Sunday. His bond was set at $235,000.
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