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Columbia Man Charged with Distributing Heroin to a Minor who may have Died from Overdose

May 17, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with distributing heroin to a 16-year-old minor who died of a suspected heroin overdose.

Jon Patrick Washington, also known as “Doom,” 27, of Columbia, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Washington, who remains at large.

Today’s complaint alleges that Washington distributed heroin to a minor on April 2, 2014.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Columbia police officers responded to a suspected heroin overdose death at the Providence Suites, 1718 N. Providence Rd., in Columbia on April 3, 2014. The victim was a 16-year-old female.

A confidential informant later reported that the heroin had been supplied by Washington and another person. Washington was located and brought to the Columbia police department for questioning.

The Boone County Medical Examiner has not released an official cause of death.

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge 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 Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.
Updated January 16, 2015