2015-10-01 / Front Page

Local Man Pleads Guilty Tuesday To Methamphetamine-Related Charge

Staff Report


Adam Gast Adam Gast Adam Daniel Puma Gast, 28, of Spencer, appeared in the Owen Circuit Court I on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to a C-felony level attempt charge related to methamphetamine. The charge stemmed from a joint investigation conducted by the Spencer Police Department and the Indiana State Police during the months of January and February of 2014.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Trooper Justin Butler of the Indiana State Police, officers received a tip regarding methamphetamine production at a residence on Beem Street in Spencer. Police searched pseudoephedrine purchase logs at area retailers and found that one or more of the suspects had been purchasing their limit of pseudoephedrine and had even been blocked from purchasing additional amounts recently. Officers travelled to the residence and observed strong chemical odors, which according to their training and experience were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence. Gast was arrested based on the findings of the police.

Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere reported that Gast was sentenced to six years at the Department of Corrections by Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen, with two years executed and the balance suspended to probation. He reported that the case was prosecuted by deputy prosecutor Ben Kim and defended by attorney Jacob Fish.

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