Man faces trafficking felony
A Sparks man waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday and will go to district court on a single count of trafficking in a controlled substance.
Jamie Dale Kirkpatrick, 47, is scheduled to appear in district court on July 8.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to oppose a reduction of his bail from $25,000 to $10,000 bondable.
Kirkpatrick was arrested June 15 after a deputy reported seeing a southbound vehicle travel from the slow lane on Highway 395 all the way into the turn lane with one continual signal. The deputy pulled in behind the maroon Blazer and checked the registration only to find it was suspended and that the owner had an active arrest warrant.
After activating his lights, the pickup slowed but didn’t stop until almost Heybourne Road.
Kirkpatrick provided the deputy with a Nevada ID card, but couldn’t find the insurance or registration. He told the deputy that he was trying to find someone who had work looking for gold and that he would meet him in the morning.
Kirkpatrick was detained after it was discovered he had warrants out of East Fork Justice Court and Tahoe Township Justice Court.
A search of Kirkpatrick revealed a plastic baggie with an opaque substance that he allegedly told the deputy was methamphetamine. The deputy later confirmed that by a test and measured 10.5 grams. Kirkpatrick’s passenger was also taken into custody after a deputy found a hypodermic needle in his bag.
Trafficking in 4-14 grams of methamphetamine is a Class B felony and carries a penalty of 1-6 years in prison under Nevada law.