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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Additional Charge Filed Against Columbia Man Indicted for Distributing Heroin to a Minor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an additional charge was brought today against a Columbia, Mo., man who previously was indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing heroin to a 16-year-old minor who died of a suspected heroin overdose.


Jon Patrick Washington, also known as “Doom,” 29, of Columbia, was charged in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo. Today’s superseding indictment replaces a May 21, 2014, federal indictment and adds one additional count. Washington has been in federal custody since his arrest in 2014.


Today’s indictment alleges that Washington maintained a drug-involved premise.
Washington allegedly rented a room at the Providence Inn and Suites Motel, 1718 Providence Road in Columbia (now closed), for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing or using heroin from April 1 to April 3, 2014.


The superseding indictment also contains the original charge against Washington for distributing heroin to a minor on April 2, 2014.


According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Columbia police officers responded to a suspected heroin overdose death at the Providence Inn and Suites Motel on April 3, 2014. The victim was a 16-year-old female.


Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 15, 2015