JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department arrested 34 people, including a wanted federal fugitive in connection to what it calls a serious heroin problem.
The federal fugitive is Ben Scott Jr., wanted in St. Louis for federal drug trafficking charges. Those charges include possession and distributing narcotics as well as possession of illegal firearms.
This effort started after several suspected heroin overdoses in the area. Of those 34 arrests announced, five are suspected to be connected to those overdoses.They are James Jackson, Ben Scott Jr., Alicia Scott, Frank Collins, and Travis Davis. They are being held in the Cole County Jail.
Since another operation last spring, police say 60 arrests have had a connection to dealing heroin.