4 arrested in Aspen Heights heroin bust

9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago March 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016 Friday, March 25 2016 Friday, March 25, 2016 11:08:00 AM CDT in News
By: Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — Columbia detectives made four arrests during a heroin bust Thursday evening at the Aspen Heights apartment complex in south Columbia.

Detectives in the Vice Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit arrested Aaron George, 24, Katrina Gatewood, 30, Jake Lee, 24, and Alexander Melise, 45, after searching a residence under warrant at 3656 Aspen Heights Parkway.

Before the search, detectives noticed Gatewood and Melise driving up to the apartment. Gatewood entered the building, later exiting with George. The two got into the car driven by Melise and started to leave before detectives stopped the vehicle.

After a search of the car, detectives found multiple syringes, a bag of heroin, numerous Clonazepam pills and three bags of brown powder.

Detectives then went on to search the residence, finding six grams of heroin and one bag of methamphetamine as well as numerous other bags, syringes and an electronic scale.

The total amount of heroin found on George and in the home was about 80 doses.

During the search, Lee approached the apartment. He was found with a syringe and a bag of heroin. 

Lee was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $4,500 and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia with a bond of $500.

George and Gatewood were arrested for distribution/delivery/manufacture/production of a controlled substance with a bond still to be set. 

Melise was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia with a bond of $500.

Police said Aspen Heights management cooperated and provided support throughout the investigation. 

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