Man faces felony methamphetamine charge after tip

Gage Hardwick (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man is facing a recommended felony drug charge, after police say they responded to a tip that the man was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a police affidavit filed in the case, Gage Hardwick, age 28, of Casper, was arrested during the afternoon hours of July 30, 2019. He faces a recommended felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Police say that they received a tip that Hardwick was in a home on the 100 block of North Forest Drive, in Casper, and that he possessed paraphernalia.

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Officers say that they arrived on scene at approximately 2:00 pm, Tuesday. Police report that they made contact with Hardwick, who denied permission for officers to enter the home.

While speaking outside with police, an affidavit in the case says that Hardwick admitted to using methamphetamine the previous day, and advised that he was on probation.

Agents with the Wyoming Office of Probation and Parole arrived on scene and executed a home check, requesting assistance from the responding officers.

Police say they found several items of paraphernalia, including baggies with methamphetamine residue, over fifty used syringes, two syringes with suspected methamphetamine inside, a marijuana pipe, and multiple broken pipes suspected for meth consumption.

Hardwick denied ownership of anything found at the residence.

Police then arrested Hardwick and transported him to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident. 

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.