COLUMBUS – A Columbus man is accused of distributing two illegal party drugs during separate transactions that were recorded by a confidential informant equipped with a recording device last fall in city parking lots.

Defendant Dylan Quast, 19, is charged in Platte County Court with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance in connection the two drug deals that occurred during a one-week period in Columbus last September.

Both charges are Class 2A felonies, each carrying a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. Quast appeared in court Monday via video link from the county jail.

Judge Frank Skorupa scheduled the city man for a status hearing on the charges March 15.

Court documents detailed a Nebraska State Patrol investigation that got underway last September with the confidential informant arranging a $135 drug buy for MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, a psychoactive substance used primarily as a recreational drug.

The drug’s recreational effects include increased empathy, euphoria and heightened sensations.

Quast was observed driving into the parking lot in the 3000 block of 23rd Street, meet with the informant and complete the drug sale, according to Patrol Investigator Daniel Parker’s probable cause arrest statement.

The Patrol’s crime lab later confirmed the substance to be ecstasy.

A week later during another recorded drug sale, the informant and Quast met in an Eighth Street parking lot for a drug buy involving LSD, also known as acid, a psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects.

The effects can include altered awareness of one's surroundings, perceptions and feelings.

Parker’s statement reported he observed the Quast approach two men sitting at a convenience store picnic table, where the drug transaction was recorded.

The substance was later confirmed to be LSD by a state lab analysis.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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