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      Heroin sweep nets 5 high-level dealers, 12 others

      Augustus Armstead AKA "Cash," 24, Jefferson City

      A three week joint investigation resulted in the arrest of 17 people, five of them considered "high-level" heroin dealers.Jefferson City Police, MUSTANG Drug Task Force and the Cole County Sheriff's department searched eight residences. They found heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, a hundgun, and items associated with the packaging and distribution of controlled substances.The majority of the 17 arrests were directly related to heroin distribution.The five high-level dealers, four of them Jefferson City residents, have been formally charged with distribution of controlled substances.

      They are:

      Chad White AKA "Slim," 36, Jefferson CityMark Parker AKA "Markie," 41, Jefferson CityElonzo Johnson AKA "Big Bear," 42, Jefferson CityAugustus Armstead AKA "Cash," 24, Jefferson CityLamar Johnson AKA "Burner," 31, St. Louis These arrests are the latest for the JCPD's anti-heroin initiative. So far this year, more than 80 people have been arrested on heroin-related charges.