Three individuals arrested in connection to suspected fentanyl-related death

A Riley County Police badge rests on a Sergeant's uniform. (Andrea Klepper | Collegian Media Group)

Riley County Police arrested three individuals on Thursday in connection to the suspected fentanyl-related death of an 18-year-old man who was found dead in a Manhattan hotel on March 11. 

“Noah Baker, 19, of Junction City; McKaine Farr, 21, of Wamego; and Shawn Samuelson, 22, of Manhattan were all arrested for distribution of a controlled substance causing death,” Aaron Wintermote, RCPD public information officer, said in a press release.

Wintermote said “additional suspected fentanyl was seized” at Farr’s location and all three suspects remain in custody.

“Baker and Farr are currently confined at the Pottawatomie County Jail, Farr is being held on no bond and Baker with a $25,000 bond,” Wintermote said. “Samuelson remains confined in the Riley County Jail.”

Wintermote said the spike in suspected fentanyl overdoses this year is a reminder that drugs are a danger in every community.

“Just about every community you look at is going to have drugs in it to some capacity and we’re not immune to that either,” Wintermote told the Collegian on Thursday. “Remember that just because you live somewhere doesn’t mean you have the full spectrum of what the community is like and what’s in that community. We do have drugs in our community and that’s just the reality.”

To submit an anonymous tip regarding the distribution of fentanyl contact Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.