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MA - Hunter arrested on gun, drug charges

Man arrested on gun, drug charges
By Steve Annear
Thu Apr 10, 2008, 12:22 PM EDT

Plympton - A West Street man is in jail after allegedly assaulting a police officer investigating a hunting complaint Tuesday night. The subsequent investigation led to a variety of additional charges. Around 12:30 a.m Wednesday, Edward D. Place was arrested by State Police on numerous charges including illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of a class D substance, resisting arrest, assault and battery on an officer, interfering with police investigation, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and several hunting code violations, according to Plympton Police.

The incident began around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, when Officer Robert Akin of the Massachusetts Environmental Police was conducting a follow-up investigation on reports of possible hunting violations in Plympton and Halifax.

Akin arrived at Place’s residence, where he witnessed a shotgun blast coming from the rear window of the house.

After calling for assistance from Plympton Police, Akin approached the residence and was met at the door by Place. Upon opening the door the officer noticed an intense marijuana odor coming from the residence and when Akin inquired about the smell, Place attacked the officer, according to the police statement.

According to the statement, a fight ensued before Place broke free and fled towards the nearby woods.

Moments later Plympton Police officers Robert Costa and Steve Teri, arrived on the scene followed by Halifax and State Police.

While State Police searched the woods, Plympton officers obtained a warrant and searched the house. During their investigation police seized several rifles, shotguns, a pistol and ammunition, along with marijuana and illegal steroids. Place also was in possession of several illegal trapping devices and untagged game including deer limbs, pheasants and other animals, confirmed Police Chief Matthew Clancy.

After hiding out in the woods for several hours, Place came out, and was arrested and transported to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro for booking.

Place, who is not licensed to possess firearms in Massachusetts, is no stranger to police. In the past, Place has been arrested for various counts of assault on police officers as well as counts of illegal firearms charges and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to Clancy

Place was arraigned at the Plymouth District Court Wednesday morning and is being held on $5,000 bond Bail or $500 cash bail. He is being held at the Plymouth County House of Corrections and is set to return to court for a May 2 pre-trial hearing. 

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