Fentanyl find nets four in two Atchison cases

Top: Quinn Gamino and Robert “Jamie” Ford Bottom: Shellene Keil and Melissa Butler Credit: Atchison Co Sheriff

(KAIR)--Two separate Atchison traffic-related incidents, including one involving a minor crash last year, sent four to jail Thursday on drug-related crimes, including possession of fentanyl.

Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson, in a release, says it was Thursday when Horton resident Quinn Gamino was arrested on an Atchison County "District Court warrant for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no valid driver's license."

Wilson, in the release, explains that the warrant stemmed from September, of last year, when officers were called to the 800 block of South 5th Street, where they found Gamino has struck a parked vehicle with his Dodge Charger.

During the investigation of the September 1, 2023 wreck, officers allegedly, Wilson says, " discovered controlled substances that included hundreds of pills, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia," with a subsequent lab analysis of the seized pills determining the presence of fentanyl and para-fluorofentanyl."

Gamino turned himself in Thursday morning at the Atchison County Jail, where he was arrested and booked into custody.

His bond is set at $100,000.

The second case led to the arrest of three, with Wilson saying that a Ford Explorer, late Thursday morning at 11:00, was stopped by an officer on patrol in the 500 block of Green Street for an alleged traffic infraction.

According to Wilson's release, the responding "officer subsequently determined that the Atchison driver, Robert “Jamie” Ford, was driving while suspended, while Ford's two passengers, Shellene Keil and Melissa Butler, both 36-years old, of Atchison,"had outstanding warrants for their arrests."

All three were arrested at the scene of the traffic stop.

The 49-year-old Ford faces charges for driving while suspended, possession of fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Keil faces the same two drug charges, along with a Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear in court, and a District Court warrant for a theft that occurred in September of last year, at an Atchison convenience store.

Butler also faces charges for possession of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia, along with a Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear in court.

Once in custody, the trio was booked into the Atchison County Jail.

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