Two arrested on felony pot charges by DPS, deputies
Christopher Beckmann, 21, and Aaron Lee Bertram, 27, were charged with possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were released after posting $1,500 bond each and paying $250 fines.
DPS Sgt. Michael Nix said Trooper Erik Gaston, acting on a tip, executed a search warrant, along with deputies. just before midnight March 24.
Authorities said they confiscated a six-foot plant, other growing items, several pods and smaller plants and “grow lights.”
Sheriff David Greene said calls for his department during the past seven days included:
March 23—Property line dispute, Briar Lane; suspicious activity, south US 77; suspicious person, CR 229; open door, FM 2095; suspicious person, CR 342; harassment, Rockdale.
March 24—Suspicious persons, CR 352 and FM 485; civil matter, Rockdale; illegal dumping, US 79; theft, CR 328; theft, Rockdale; information, CR 327; reckless driver, FM 487; assist other agency, Cameron.
Thursday—911 hangup, CR 446; animal abuse/cruelty, Texas 36; scam attempt, US 77; animal nuisance, Rockdale West; theft, CR 230; CPS intake, FM 1444; livestock. CR 237A; gas theft, Milano; request to speak to deputy, Second Street, town not identified; criminal trespass notice, Third Street, town not identified; suspicious vehicle, CR 230.
Friday—Suspicious person, CR 342; burglary of a building, FM 485; 911 hangup, FM 487; gas driveoff, Milano; harassment, FM 1712; dogs barking, FM 1444; welfare concern, Rockdale area; loud music, FM 1915 north.
Saturday—Possible drunk driver, CR 111; CPS intake, CR 342; suspicious vehicle, US 77; possible drunk driver, Texas 36; information, CR 358A; assist another agency, Buckholts; phone harassment, CR 458A; burglary, CR 342; CPS intake, CR 458A; burglary in progress, CR 241B; reckless driver, US 190; burglar alarm, FM 2269; burglary in progress, Buckholts area; welfare concern, FM 1712.
Sunday—Criminal mischief, Woods Road; suspicious vehicle, CR 440; prowler, Perry Lane; loud music, Oaklawn Street; suspicious activity, CR 353; 911 hangup, Buckholts area; animal abuse/cruelty, Cypress Trail; scam attempt, CR 346; civil matter, West First, town not listed; abandoned vehicle, CR 353; assist another agency, FM 908 south; suspicious vehicle, US 77 south; loud music, CR 402.
Monday—Vehicle in ditch, CR 226A; civil matter, Woods Road; welfare concern, CR 260; welfare concern, CR 260; harassment, Milano area; criminal trespass notice, CR 223; animal nuisance, Oak Park; civil matter, south US 77; criminal mischief, Ben Arnold; medical emergency, CR 259; counterfeit money, Milano area..
The department also answered numerous livestock calls.
Tips on any crime listed above may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).