Arrest photos of Shae Gilsinger, 30, of Peru and Terry Smith, no age given, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man and woman are facing drug charges including Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance following a request for assistance from the Department of Child Services.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Detective Jeffrey Grant was contacted by PPD Officer Sam Finnegan on December 28, 2018, at approximately 11:55 a.m. about a suspected meth lab in the 100 block of N. Fremont Street.

Officer Finnegan advised that the Department of Child Services had received a report of a possible meth lab. Upon arrival with the DCS caseworker, he obtained written permission to search the residence from Shae A. Gilsinger, 30 of Peru.

The search of the residence had located several items in the trash of an upstairs bedroom including a syringe, syringe packaging, a plastic bottle cap containing cotton material.

It was learned that this room was shared by Ms. Gilsinger and Terry L. Smith, no age given, of Peru, who was another resident of this address.

Both subjects were transported to the Peru Police Department for questioning. Before departing for the Police Department, Detective Grant was informed by Detective Pitner of a small marijuana “roach” that was located in the basement.

During a video recorded statement, Smith advised that he had no knowledge of the syringe and the other material found in the bedroom but did state that he and Gilsinger share the room. Additionally, he reported that he had recently smoked marijuana in the basement of the residence.

Gilsinger denied any knowledge of any drug activity and was not interviewed.

The bottle cap and cotton material were later field tested with a positive result for methamphetamine.

Shae Gilsinger, 30, of Peru was arrested on charges of Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Terry Smith, no age given, of Peru, was arrested on charges of Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

All criminal subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.