Bench warrant issued for man caught with fentanyl in York County

YORK – This past week, Shane Kruse, 41, of Houston, Texas, was scheduled for arraignment in York County District Court after being caught with fentanyl during a traffic stop in York County. However, Kruse failed to show up for the court proceedings and a bench warrant was issued.

Initially, he was arrested by Nebraska State Patrol troopers on allegations of possessing methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, fentanyl and criminal impersonation. The single charge of possession of a controlled substance has been formally filed against Kruse and bound over to District Court.

This case began when a trooper was on regular patrol on Interstate 80 in York County when he saw a vehicle with no front license plate.

Upon contacting Kruse, who was the driver, the trooper saw a woman “trying to appear to be sleeping” in the passenger seat who had a clear plastic bag with tin foil on her lap. According to court documents, the trooper asked Kruse to retrieve the bag and hand it to him. When he did, the trooper observed what he knew to be consistent with fentanyl.

The trooper also noted the driver’s license the driver handed him did not look like the driver in this stop and two different sets of identification were found, with different names, in the vehicle. The driver was positively identified as Kruse.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found paraphernalia, methamphetamine, pills confirmed to be fentanyl, numerous pipes and psilocybin mushrooms.

It was noted that the passenger, identified as Elise Mills, was a convicted felon.

Both were arrested and charged.

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