A Kansas City man arrested outside the home of a known drug trafficker has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of illegal possession of methamphetamine and guns.
An indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Jonathan Beaton, 41, was charged with felony gun possession, possession of meth and possessing guns in furtherance of drug trafficking. Beaton was arrested Aug. 7 after detectives with Independence Police and the Jackson County Drug Task Force conducted surveillance of him.
According to court documents, Beaton went to the home of a known trafficker in east Kansas City whom the Drug Task Force has investigated before and is again.
As he left the home, detectives noted his license plate belonged to a 2002 Chevrolet, not the 1970 Chevrolet pickup he was driving, and then pulled him over for an active traffic warrant. As Beaton stepped out of the truck, officers noticed several large plastic bags containing a crystal substance consistent with meth. They found 11 grams of meth in a shorts pocket, and the plastic bags contained nearly 1,800 grams of meth. Officer also searched and found four pistols, one of them loaded and two of them reported stolen.
Beaton told investigators he had purchased the meth to sell and he was transporting the guns for a friend. He has prior felony convictions for drug possession, felony gun possession, tampering with a motor vehicle, burglary and escaping, making it illegal for him to possess guns or ammunition.
According to court documents, Beaton also was pulled over by IPD on June 7 for speeding on his motorcycle at Interstate 70 and Lee's Summit Road. The IPD officer recognized Beaton from previous police contacts and knew he did not have a valid motorcycle license. He asked Beaton if he was using meth again and Beaton said yes, adding that there were illegal narcotics in his backpack. In the backpack the officer found 978 grams of meth, more than 2 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of illegal mushrooms, two handgun magazines, a syringe and digital scale and more than $1,800 in cash.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Beaton has three prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, and prior felony convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, tampering, burglary, and escape.