- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

POMEROY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say they arrested a southeastern Ohio drug addiction counselor for allegedly trying to sell narcotics to an undercover officer.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says 52-year-old Roberta Payne was arrested Friday in Pomeroy, about 100 miles southeast of Columbus. She’s been charged with aggravated drug trafficking.

A news release says Payne, who worked for a family medical practice in Gallipolis (gal-ih-poh-LEES’), became the target of a local drug task force after a tip that she offered to sell morphine to a drug counseling client.

She’s accused of trying to sell more than 2,000 morphine pills and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine to an undercover officer. The drugs have a street value of more than $36,000.

She’s being held with a $250,000 bond. No attorney information was available.


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