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Federal indictment: Gettysburg man dealt meth, possessed illegal firearms and bomb materials


GETTYSBURG, S.D. —  A north-central South Dakota man has been indicted on charges he was selling meth and possessing illegal firearms and bomb-making materials.

Adam Westphal, 34, of Gettysburg pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday in federal court in Pierre.

He faces life in prison.

According to the indictment by the federal grand jury, Westphal conspired to sell more than 500 grams of meth last October and was an “unlawful user and addicted” to meth.

He also possessed an illegal homemade silencer and items which would readily assemble into an explosive bomb, said the indictment.

The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  

Westphal was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set.