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POSTED: March 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier/

The allegedly stolen pistol, cash and illegal drugs found in an arrest in Ludowici last week are displayed on a desk in the police station.

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LUDOWICI - On Feb. 3 a busted rear taillight led to a Garden City man's arrest here for drug possession and the possession of a stolen firearm.
Just after midnight on that Saturday, Ludowici Police Officer Aaron McElveen noticed a black Camaro with a broken right rear taillight traveling on Cypress Street.
After requesting backup, McElveen pulled the vehicle. He ran a check on the vehicle and driver, Andrew Arthur Beach, and discover there was a warrant for his arrest in Bryan County.
Beach, 25, then told the officer he had a pistol under his driver's seat. It was then discovered that the pistol, a Kel-Tec P32, had been reported stolen in Savannah.
McElveen, who had been joined by other officers, then requested the drug dog unit and officers found a bag containing what is believed to be marijuana and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Beach was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of/or attempting a crime, possession of a concealed weapon, driving while license is suspended, operating a vehicle with defective equipment, and a felon in possession of a firearm.
 

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