In response to a 2012 fall increase in heroin-related overdoses within the mid-Missouri area, the Jefferson City Police Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force have been conducting an ongoing investigation of suspects involved in narcotics distribution with an emphasis on heroin dealers.
The majority of arrests are the result of lengthy investigations conducted by the police department's community action team, narcotics detectives and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force in cooperation on some cases with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
So far, 34 suspects have been arrested for various charges including distribution of controlled substances, firearms possession and possession of controlled substances.
Of those arrested, five were identified as "high level" Jefferson City area heroin distributors who are suspected to be linked to several heroin overdoses throughout central Missouri.
All five have been charged with multiple counts of heroin distribution and are currently being held in the Cole County Jail.
James Jackson, 32 year-old St Louis resident, $100,000 bond.
Tracy Davis, 44 year-old Jefferson City resident and Chicago native, $500,000 bond.
Frank Collins, 42 year-old Jefferson City resident and Chicago native, $250,000 bond.
Alicia Scott, 42 year-old Jefferson City resident and St. Louis native, $100,000 bond.
Ben Scott Jr, 39 year-old St Louis resident, $50,000 bond.
In addition to selling heroin in Jefferson City, Ben Scott Jr., was identified as a wanted federal fugitive for heroin trafficking in the St. Louis area.
The Winter Roundup follows last spring's operation which resulted in the arrest of over 60 suspects which were predominantly related to heroin distribution.
The operation has resulted in the seizure of heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, firearms and drug money.