Two arrested on felony pot charges by DPS, deputies

Two Burling ton men were arrested last week for felony marijuana possession after the Department of Public Safety and Milam County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at a Ben Arnold home.

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).

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