St. Pete man arrested for 'cooking meth' on Gandy Beach - WFLA News Channel 8

St. Pete man arrested for 'cooking meth' on Gandy Beach

Posted: Updated:
FDOT posted these signs along the waterfront beach in May. FDOT posted these signs along the waterfront beach in May.
Tapp, 24, is facing two drug-related charges. Tapp, 24, is facing two drug-related charges.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (WFLA) - Last month officials with the Florida Department of Transportation posted signs on Gandy Beach listing what not to do while visiting the area.

On Saturday a 24-year-old St. Petersburg man was charged with cooking methamphetamine on the Pinellas County gathering spot.

Charles J. Tapp is facing one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of listed chemicals. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $12,000.

Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts http://8.wfla.com/18DCEqk

According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report deputies noticed a suspicious vehicle parked along the tree line of the beach just before 10:30 p.m. When they made contact with the sole occupant of the dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado – Tapp - they discovered several hypodermic needles.

The suspect was also observed placing items into a bag located near the back seat of the vehicle. A subsequent investigation indicated the truck was being used to ‘cook’ methamphetamine.

The deputies summoned detectives with the department’s Narcotics Division to test the chemicals. During an interview Tapp admitted to manufacturing the narcotic.

He was charged and arrested without incident. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.