Court date set for Winfield man accused of trafficking Fentanyl

September 8, 2022 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A status docket is set for Justin Craig West, 38, Winfield, Kan. in Kay County District Court.

West is facing felony charges of aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, endangering others while eluding, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a CDS and obstructing an officer.

Newkirk police officer Michael Ryan reports in the affidavit that at 4 a.m. on April 22, he observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road.

Justin Craig West

The officer attempted a traffic stop. However, the vehicle accelerated to a 70 mph while traveling east on 6th Street. The Kay County Sheriff’s Department was notified.

The vehicle, described as a pick up with Tennessee tags, went southbound on I Street and then west on River Road.

Police report the driver, later identified as West, drove through multiple residential properties to Chestnut before turning north out of a yard. West reportedly traveled north to 2nd Street, through the dead end, and into a field on the east side of the train tracks.

He reportedly followed the train tracks southbound before entering the roadway and going east on 3rd Street.

Police report the vehicle went south on Chestnut and continued to the trailer park where West exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Deputies and Kaw Nation police officers assisted in the search.

The vehicle was searched. Authorities report finding methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana.

At 7:45 a.m. West was arrested by Newkirk police at the corner of South and Main and was booked in the county jail. Bond was set at $150,000.

On July 12 Judge David Wilkie granted an own recognizance bond and a status docket is set fo Oct. 7.