Four Columbia residents indicted on heroin conspiracy charges

3 years 4 months 1 week ago Tuesday, February 10 2015 Feb 10, 2015 Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:55:00 PM CST February 10, 2015 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - A federal grand jury indicted four Columbia residents Tuesday for being involved in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, which two people overdosed.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson said the jury charged 36-year-old Javis Wideman (upper right), 38-year-old James Borden (upper left), 20-year-old Matthew Ell (lower left) and 20-year-old Angelica Polston (lower right) for distributing heroin in Boone County from February 2014 to January 20, 2015.

Dickinson said Columbia police officers responded to a heroin overdose call at a home on January 10 and found a man and woman unresponsive. Dickinson said medical personnel revived both the man and woman and took them to the hospital. Officers searched the home and found an unused package of heroin as well as drug paraphernalia to inject the heroin. Another resident told officers Wideman supplied the heroin.

Officers arrested Wideman on January 20 when a "cooperating individual" bought a half gram of heroin from him. Officers also arrested Borden at his home the same day. Dickinson said officers found about 100 grams of heroin packaged to distribute along with scales and other items.

[Editor's note: The picture for this story has been updated to include all four mug shots.]

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