Four individuals were arrested by Riley County police on warrants in connection to three suspected fentanyl-related overdose cases.
Ronald Ince, 59, and Nathan Reeves, 37, both of Manhattan, were arrested for “distribution of a controlled substance causing death, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and use of a communication facility for a drug transaction,” Aaron Wintermote, RCPD public information officer, said in a press release.
Reeves and Ince remain confined in the Riley County Jail, each with total bonds of $500,000. Their arrests are related to the investigation into the death of a 36-year-old woman in August 2021.
“Caziah Self, 21, of Manhattan was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery, and use of a communication facility for a drug transaction stemming from an investigation into the overdose of a 31-year-old man in August of 2022,” Wintermote said.
He was also arrested on theft and failure to appear warrants from the Manhattan Municipal Court.
“Self was also found to be in possession of two guns and a large number of pills suspected to contain fentanyl at the time of his arrest, adding additional charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon by a felon,” Wintermote said.
Self is confined in the Riley County Jail with a total bond of $751,750.
“Daron Jones, 21, of Manhattan was arrested for two counts each of distribution of a controlled substance causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery, and use of a communication facility for a drug transaction stemming from an investigation into two separate overdoses of the same 21-year-old man in August and October of 2022,” Wintermote said. “Jones remains confined in the Riley County Jail with a total bond of $250,000.”
“We will continue to work to identify the source of these drugs in our community through ongoing investigations with our state and federal partners,” Director Brian Peete said in the press release. “I commend our Special Investigations Unit on these arrests that are the culmination of years of investigation in conjunction with the Kansas Highway Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
The SIU initiates and investigates cases involving narcotic activities that affect Manhattan, Wintermote said. “SIU coordinates and participates with local, state, and federal agencies in joint operations to identify and arrest those who use, sell, and manufacture illegal narcotics.”
The unit often executes “high-risk search and arrest warrants on locations and suspects, and assists with interviews and follow-up investigations,” Wintermote said.
Those with information on fentanyl distribution can submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or contact RCPD at 785-537-2112.