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As a former NFL linebacker, and an 86-year-old Georgia doctor indicted for illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioid drugs, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
The former New Orleans Saint Sedrick Hodge has allegedly sold the oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Hodge, 40, faces six counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one count of distribution of a controlled substance, and money laundering conspiracy. His wife, Farrah, 42, was also charged with money laundering conspiracy.
Sedrick Hodge, of the Miami Dolphins poses for his NFL 2006, the headshot at photo day in Miami, florida. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dr. Victor Hanson, faces 14 counts of illegal drug distribution, with the instructions that included powerful opioid analgesic, an anti-money laundering-conspiracy, and the maintenance of the offices, for the purpose of distribution of a controlled substance, prosecutors said.
A fourth suspect, a 35-year-old Mark McConnell, of Adairsville, was charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
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Hanson, who lives near Atlanta, georgia, a suburb of Brookhaven and is served by a weight-loss clinic nearby, Sandy Springs issued the “range of natural prescriptions for medications, including strong opioid analgesics,” the Attorney of the s. S., Byung J. Pak said in a statement. “While the Spector of these prescription drugs without a legitimate medical purpose, Sedrick Hodge, and other associates, allegedly sold the drugs in the communities, such as in-Cartersville.”
Hanson accepted in cash or checks for drugs, and Hodge sold on the street for money, prosecutors wrote in the indictment. The drugs included oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, and others, prosecutors said.
“The complaint alleges that Hanson’s prescribed controlled substances, without a legitimate medical purpose outside the usual course of professional practice, and in inappropriate amounts and dosage combinations,” the U.s. Attorney’s office said in a statement. “He wrote most of these drugs to individuals without conducting a thorough medical check-up, or sometimes all, of the exams at all.”
Attorneys for Hodge did not immediately respond Wednesday to phone calls and e-mails requesting comment.
Sedrick Hodge, played for the New Orleans Saints from 2001 to 2005. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)
Hodge, a linebacker who played at the University of North Carolina, was drafted by the Saints in 2001. He has spent all five of his NFL seasons in New Orleans, louisiana, which is in 63 games and starting 43. He signed with Miami as a free agent in 2006 but was cut before the season started.
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Opioid overdoses claimed the lives of approximately 400,000 Americans, from 1999-2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In this case, it is a part of the U. s. Attorney’s Office for the Operation of the SCOPE, an acronym for the Strategic Control of the Opioids, by the Prosecution, and Enforcement, in accordance with the senior officers of the ministry of justice. It is aimed at the control of the nation’s opioid crisis by cracking down on the doctors and the dealers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.