A Wells man who allegedly possessed child pornography last week is facing multiple felony charges in Faribault County District Court.

Donald Gene Beckmann, 59, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of possessing child pornography, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of fifth-degree meth possession.

Court documents state Beckmann was charged when Wells police officers found nearly 5 grams of methamphetamine in baggies in a vehicle Beckmann was driving after a K-9 searched the vehicle.

A .38-caliber revolver and parts of a .22-caliber pistol were reportedly found in a duffel bag, along with two glass scales and a glass smoking device that tested positive for meth.

Officers allegedly found pictures and video of pornography involving girls ages 8 to 12 in a search warrant of a Verizon tablet.

A search warrant of Beckmann’s home reportedly found a glass smoking device with residue that tested positive for meth. Ammunition was also found.

Additional electronic devices found at the residence were to be searched by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Beckmann was convicted of felony controlled substance offenses in 2003, 2006 and 2014.

Tracy Lee Rathai, 53, of Wells, a passenger in the vehicle, is charged with four counts of gross misdemeanor meth possession in connection with the case.

District Court Judge Michael D. Trushenski set conditional bail for Beckmann at $100,000 on Wednesday.

Beckmann’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 27.

Being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Possessing child pornography carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

albertleatribune.com/2017/03/wells-man-charged-for-child-porn-meth-possession/