COLUMBUS, IN (WISH) — Greenwood High School’s golf coach is one of two men arrested by Indiana State Police on drug charges.
Benjamin Beatty, 37, faces felony charges of dealing methamphetamine, dealing heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of a syringe and counterfeiting. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Indiana State Police, troopers pulled over a vehicle driven by Jared Elsner, 33, of Seymour. That stop occurred on State Road 46 at Johnson Boulevard in Columbus. During the search of that vehicle, officers found heroin, a syringe and drug paraphernalia.
Elsner was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, possession of syringe and possession of paraphernalia.
A second vehicle stop then occurred on State Road 46 at Carr Hill Road in Columbus. That stop of Beatty’s vehicle found one ounce of suspected methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia during a search.
Search warrants then turned up additional meth, heroin, marijuana, syringes, drug paraphernalia and packaging material. Counterfeit currency was also found.
ISP says Beatty is the varsity high school coach and junior high golf coach in Greenwood.
After learning of the arrest, Greenwood Community School Corporation released the following statement:
On May 2, 2018, Greenwood Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Kent DeKonick was notified by both the Greenwood Police Department and the Indiana State Police of pending criminal charges being filed against an employee. Benjamin Beatty, high school and middle school boys’ golf coach was arrested in Columbus, Indiana and has been charged with multiple drug offenses. Mr. Beatty does not serve in any other capacity in the school district. Procedures have started to terminate his employment. He has had not contact with students since Dr. DeKonick received notification of the charges being filed.
Based upon information recieved to this point, all conduct by Mr. Beatty leading to the charges are not connected with any Greenwood Community Schools students. Since this a police matter, the school district will have no further comment at this time.
Both men were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.
ISP says the investigation was conducted with the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.