Police arrest homeless man for possession of meth

YARMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - Friday afternoon while planning to issue trespass warrants to homeless people, Yarmouth Police discovered a remote camp site off Bayview Street, next to Cape Cod Hospital.

When officers announced themselves and went to check the five tents at the site, two tents were found to contain items associated with an improvised methamphetamine lab.

Officers found 5 gallon propane tanks, several dozen batteries, a burner, unlabeled 2 liter bottles with cloudy liquid, and an array of household chemicals.

In one of the tents, officers observed fresh and unspoiled food and two recent prescription bottles in the name of Stewart Catchings.

Officers secured the scene and contacted DEA.

Shortly after locating the site, officers found a man exiting the bog on bicycle.

He was placed under arrest for manufacturing methamphetamine.

While under arrest the man, 31-year-old Stewart Catchings, stated the he “is a safe cook.”

Catchings, who is well known to Cape Cod Law Enforcement, is currently being held at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters on $10,000 cash bail.

He is scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Monday.

The Yarmouth Police Department reminds everyone that no one is allowed on the property and anyone found in the area without permission is subject to immediate arrest.



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