Arson Suspect Arrested on Cocaine Warrant in Fisk School Parking Lot
The arrest took place on Wednesday afternoon.
A Salem man was arrested by undercover detectives in the Mary A. Fisk School parking lot Wednesday on a warrant for cocaine possession.
Rafael Beamud, 34, was charged with felony possession of a controlled drug (cocaine) and transportation of a controlled drug (cocaine).
The incident triggering the arrest warrant took place on Jan. 28, but Beaumed agreed to help undercover detectives with other drug investigations.
Detectives later learned that Beamud was allegedly preparing to move south and had moving trucks at his residence. He had not provided any assistance to detectives related to drug investigations and a warrant for the drug charges was sought.
Beamud was taken into custody in the parking lot without incident and held on $5,000 cash bail.
He also remains the only suspect in an arson case dating back to February 2012. Police believe he intentionally burned down his home at 7 Webster St., although he has not been charged due to lack of evidence. The investigation remains ongoing.