A Star City man faces numerous drug-related charges after his neighbor reportedly found a duffel bag full of items used to make methamphetamine and called the police. He was mowing the lawn at his home in the 8000 block of South Corinne Avenue last Friday when he spotted an unfamiliar bag underneath his shed. While waiting for a sheriff’s deputy to arrive, a man picked up the bag, walked next door to a camper, put the bag inside and left the residence, according to the incident report.
A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy found Arthur Beam, 50, walking nearby. His neighbor identified him as the man who took the bag from the shed. Beam agreed to let a deputy search the bag but refused to allow a search of the camper without a warrant. According to the arrest report, the bag contained several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant for the camper. They found evidence of meth manufacture inside. Officers from the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team also noticed a burn pile next to the camper that contained apparent remnants of one pot meth labs and pseudoephedrine blister packages. Beam faces possession of a legend drug or precursor, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture and possession of methamphetamine charges.