BPSO: Major meth dealer busted in Bossier

Published: Feb. 3, 2016 at 10:20 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2016 at 10:20 PM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A 6-month investigation has culminated in the arrest of a "major meth dealer," according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.

Johnny Beam, 63, of the 2600 block of Barbara St. in Bossier City, is charged with Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamines) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule III (Hydrocodone), Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance with a Firearm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation was conducted by the Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force, with help from the DEA Narcotic Task Force, which includes Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police.

BPSO says a search of Beam's home turned up about 2 pounds of methamphetamine (Ice), with a potential street value of approximately $90,000; two firearms; $952 cash and hydrocodone pills. A 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was also seized.

Police say Beam has been dealing methamphetamine in this area for some time now, but this arrest assures another drug dealer is out of business in Bossier Parish.

"I commend our deputies and officers on our Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force and the assistance from the DEA Narcotics Task Force," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

"Getting drug dealers off of our streets to keep our families and children safe is a top priority of mine, and I applaud our team for this outstanding arrest."

The investigation continues, and agents say more property seizures and future arrests are possible.

Beam was arrested at his home and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Tuesday afternoon. His bond is set at $110,500.

The Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force comprises deputies with the Bossier Sheriff's Office and officers with the Bossier City Police Department.

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