Joplin man indicted on fentanyl-related charge

JOPLIN, Mo. – A federal grand jury indicts a Joplin man for possessing fentanyl to distribute.

The June 7 federal indictment charges 40-year-0ld Cody Dalton Romines, replacing a May federal criminal complaint.

According to court documents, a Missouri State Highway Patrol corporal saw Romines driving a black Kia Optina. The Corporal alleges Romines was speeding on I-44 in Jasper County on May 17.

According to the US Department of Justice, officers attempted to stop Romines, who did not immediately stop but drove more than a mile before pulling over. Romines allegedly threw a Ziploc bag, which contained approximately 172 grams of fentanyl, out the passenger window of the vehicle before he pulled over.

Officers say they found the bag when they searched the ditch and shoulder area where they’d seen Romines throw it out.