SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - U.S. Marshals say they're looking for a man named in an 11-count federal indictment. Several others name in the indictment are already behind bars. Steven Robert Klasing is still on the run.
Deputy U.S. Marshals Darren Lane says Phelps and Pulaski County Deputies contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about an influx of heroin and heroin overdoses. Lane said, "Well, it's no coincidence that overdoses go hand in hand with heroin. They can with any drug certainly, but heroin is particularly dangerous in that it has a very low dosage unit. In other words, a little bit of heroin goes a long way."
Agents soon started zeroing in on several people, including Klasing. A federal grand jury indicted Klasing and others in November, 2012.
Lane said, "D.E.A. believes that during the course that this organization was in business, that they were able to distribute pounds of heroine, during the course of this conspiracy." D.E.A. officials are also looking closely at two heroin overdose deaths to see if they can be connected to the case.
Lane believe Klasing is in the Springfield area, and that someone knows where he is. Lane hopes that someone will come forward to give-up Klasing's whereabouts.
Klasing has several aliases and spells his first name with both a "v" and "ph" in Steven. D.E.A. officials also say Klasing had a budding rap music career and sometimes goes by the name "White Boy Dougie", so he could frequent rap music clubs and other venues.
Klasing is 6'2", weighs about 160 lbs., has brown hair with green eyes, and has nearly all his teeth capped in gold. If you know where he is, call the U.S. Marshals at (417) 831-0588.