INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Authorities found nearly 1,000 grams of marijuana and a nine-feet-long Burmese python at a home Friday, according to affidavits.
The Florida Highway Patrol's Drug Enforcement Task Force had been investigating a suspected drug dealer in the 700 block of 13th Street Southwest, Vero Beach, and obtained a search warrant for the home. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the investigation.
Andrew Jason Beam, 38, was taken into custody at his home and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of opium with intent to sell, and possession of methamphetamine. FHP investigators had been watching Beam's home for drug activity, they said.
For keeping the python in his home, Beam also was charged with not having a conditional species permit, failure to comply with caging requirements and unsanitary conditions.
Burmese pythons are listed as a "conditional" reptile by the state, which prohibited personal ownership of the snakes in July 2010. However, anyone who had a Burmese python licensed by the state before that date was allowed to keep it.
Florida Fish and Wildlife took custody of the snake, which officials said didn't have adequate housing or water.
Beam posted $236,500 bail at the Indian River County Jail Sunday.
Another resident, Daniel Oakes, 26, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He posted $1,000 bail at the jail.