Westerly man held without bail in fentanyl possession case

Westerly man held without bail in fentanyl possession case



HOPKINTON — A Westerly man with a history of drug charges was arrested Jan. 29 and ordered held without bond on a warrant charging him with possession of fentanyl, which was found during a traffic stop last September.

The man, Justin M. Varas, 32, of 19 Ashaway Road, was charged last week with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court on Tuesday, and the case was referred for a felony screening in April, according to court records.

Varas, who was presented as a bail violator this week, is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

According to police, he was stopped on Jan. 29 by a Westerly officer who knew he was wanted on a warrant from Hopkinton. Capt. Mark Carrier of the Hopkinton Police Department said the charges stem from a traffic stop on Sept. 29, 2017.

An officer had stopped Varas for an equipment violation and found that he was driving without a license, the department said. The police decided to impound the car, and while preparing it for towing, they discovered two baggies containing a suspected narcotic. The material was sent to a state lab for testing, and on Jan. 2 the tests came back positive for fentanyl, Carrier said.

Varas was convicted of drug possession in 2015. He was sentenced to home confinement for delivery of cocaine in 2012, and was also convicted of conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act in 2005. He was on probation at the time of the latest arrest, state records show.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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