Drug addiction counselor caught selling morphine to undercover officer

Roberta Payne 
By: Chan Yuan 

A drug addiction counselor was arrested on charges of trafficking in drugs after allegedly selling morphine to an undercover police officer, police in Ohio said.

Meigs County Police said that they arrested 52-year-old Roberta Payne of Cheshire, after being accused of selling more than $36,000 worth of morphine to police.

Payne was arrested on Friday night, after selling more than 2,000 tablets of morphine and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine.

Police began investigating Payne, who works as a drug addiction counselor, after receiving a tip that she offered to sell morphine to one of her clients.

"An addiction counselor knows firsthand the effects drugs have on people, and Payne was attempting to make money by preying on the very people she should have been helping," Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams said.

Payne faces a charge of aggravated drug trafficking.