Four Columbia Residents Indicted in Heroin Conspiracy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that four Columbia, Mo., residents were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in which two persons suffered an overdose.
Javis Deonn Wideman, 36, also known as “Booby” or “Boobie,” James Delvico Borden, also known as “Earl Johnson,” 38, Alec Matthew Ell, 20, and Angelica Melanie Polston, 20, all of Columbia, were charged in a 10-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a Dec. 17, 2014, indictment that charged only Ell and Polston, and a Jan. 21, 2015, criminal complaint that charged only Wideman and Borden.
Today’s indictment alleges that all four defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in Boone County from February 2014 to Jan. 20, 2015. The conduct of Wideman and Borden as members of the conspiracy, the indictment says, involved 100 grams or more of heroin.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Columbia police officers were dispatched to a residence on Jan. 10, 2015, in reference to a heroin overdose. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive man and woman. Medical personal were able to revive both of them and the woman was transported to the hospital for further treatment. Officers searched the residence and discovered a package of heroin, still unused, along with drug paraphernalia used to inject heroin. A resident told officers that Wideman had supplied the heroin.
Wideman was arrested on Jan. 20, 2015, the affidavit says, after a cooperating individual met Wideman to purchase a half gram of heroin. Borden was arrested at his residence on the same day. Officers executed a search warrant at Borden’s apartment and found approximately 100 grams of heroin packaged for distribution, along with scales and other items.
According to the affidavit, Wideman and Borden both participated in undercover purchases of heroin in August and September 2014 through an individual who was cooperating with a law enforcement investigation.
In addition to the conspiracy, Ell is charged separately with four counts of distributing heroin and one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute. Ell and Polston are also charged together in one count of distributing heroin. Wideman and Borden are each charged separately with one count of distributing heroin and they are charged together in one count of distributing heroin.
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 Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart J. Zander. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department and MUSTANG (Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group).