Botched drug deal lands Pewee Valley man behind bars

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Pewee Valley residents called 911 Saturday night after hearing a verbal altercation end with gunfire.

Oldham County Police responded to the 9300 block of Hillridge Drive at 9:55 p.m. Saturday.

When police arrived at the home of Caleb N. Fast, 19, he said he had no knowledge of a gun or gunshots.

Police later found a loaded .25 caliber handgun laying in Fast’s backyard and arrested him on charges of robbery, two counts wanton endangerment, two counts terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence.

Fast told police he had contacted Thomas Phillips, 19, of Crestwood, earlier in the evening to purchase Xanax.

He agreed to pay $70 for 10 pills. However, Fast didn’t mention that he’d need a ride to an ATM to complete the transaction.

According to police, Phillips and Bethany A. Coe, 21, who both reside in the 6800 block of Abbott Lane in Crestwood, drove to Fast’s home and parked in the driveway.

Fast approached the vehicle and Phillips handed him the pills.

When Fast accepted the pills without handing over cash, Phillips stepped out of his vehicle and, according to police, a verbal altercation ensued.

Fast told police he pulled his gun and fired once into a field to scare Phillips and his companion.

The home is located in Village Green subdivision between Ash Avenue and Reamers Road.

According to court documents, Phillips and Coe said Fast threatened to “shoot up” their home if they called police.

When Phillips and Coe left, Fast tossed the gun into his backyard.

According to police, Fast did not have $70 cash and planned to ask Phillips to drive him to an ATM.

It is unclear whether Fast had asked Phillips to drive him to an ATM before Fast fired his weapon.

Fast pleaded not guilty in Oldham district court Monday. He is also scheduled to appear in district court June 24 to pay $403 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in November.

Fast pleaded guilty to possession charges in December, and his 30-day jail sentence had been conditionally discharged two years.

He is housed in the Oldham County Jail on $7,500 bond.

According to Kentucky Attorney Gen. Jack Conway, prescription drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States and are responsible for more than 1,000 overdose deaths annually in Kentucky.

Xanax is one of three drugs, along with OxyContin and hydrocodone, that have fueled an epidemic of prescription drug abuse across the state.

“These are some of the most addictive substances on the planet, and if taken in the wrong combination or with other substances, they can kill you,” Conway said in a recent press release.

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