Dozens of grenades were found in a garage of the home of a man who was arrested for possession of illegal narcotics when he was found sleeping in his car in a Monterey motel parking lot on Tuesday, police said. The 48-year-old man, Joseph Martin Beverding, of Pacific Grove, was on probation when a Monterey police officer on routine patrol noticed him sleeping in his car in the parking lot of the Travelodge motel located at 2030 N. Fremont St. Large amounts of narcotics and prescription drugs were found in his car, along with an altered practice hand grenade, Monterey police Lt. Randy Taylor said. Police evacuated the hotel and destroyed the hand grenade, Taylor said. Beverding’s car was impounded, and a subsequent search of his home in Pacific Grove turned up 37 inert military practice hand grenades in the garage, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. He is in custody on $62,500 bail.
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