A local man initially arrested for trespassing quickly faced felony charges after drugs were reportedly found in his possession early on Saturday.
Floyd Richard Beckwith Jr., 57, who lists a Bald Mountain Road address, was arrested shortly after 6:30 a.m. and charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia , each punishable by up to six years in prison and one count of felony trespassing.
Beckwith was being held on $ 5,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in Garland County District Court on Monday. He had already been convicted on January 12, 2015 of one count of non-pension of more than $ 25,000 and sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.
According to the probable cause affidavit, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Hot Springs police officer Christopher Gibson responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Emory Street regarding a suspicious person.
Gibson made contact with a man identified as Beckwith in the front yard. The owners said they were alerted to Beckwith’s presence on their property through video footage. Beckwith could have been seen entering the carport and inside one of the residents’ vehicles.
Officers noted traces of stains on the car in which Beckwith was allegedly seen, so he was arrested at that time for trespassing.
While searching him, officers reportedly found a bag in his front pocket with 2.3 grams of what later tested positive for methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle with blood on the end, so he was charged with the counts additional charges.