Doctor faces drug-related charges

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Dr. John Hodge
Dr. John Hodge


Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera reports that on July 5, 2016, officers of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit and the Hillsboro Police Department conducted a covert investigation after having received information that a local doctor was selling prescriptions for narcotics.

As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was served at the doctor’s office in Hillsboro, where cash, drugs, a firearm, and other items were recovered.

Sheriff Barrera states that Dr. John Hodge, 33, of Jackson, was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second degree felony.

An arraignment is scheduled to be held on July 6 at the Hillsboro Municipal Court for Hodge, according to Sheriff Barrera.

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.



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