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UPDATE:Two face drug charges

Two people were arrested Friday and their nine-month-old daughter was placed with a friend after a drug raid recovered a large amount of marijuana along with cocaine, money and a loaded handgun from their Bellefontaine residence.





David Payne, 36, of 117 Powers St., was charged with felony counts of drug possession for the marijuana and for the cocaine. A convicted felon, he also faces a felony charge of having weapons under disability.

A possession of drug paraphernalia also was added by lawmen with the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force.

Erin Ratleff, 31, also of 117 Powers, was arrested on a parole violation.

Both were lodged in the Logan County Jail.

Ms. Ratleff is currently under five years of supervision. She pleaded guilty to first-degree felony possession of drugs and fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs and was sentenced in early 2004 to a four-year term at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

She was released in March 2008.

The task force worked with the Logan County Adult Parole Authority to gain entry into the home.

Mr. Payne has a local criminal history dating back to 1997.

He served a 12-month prison sentence for trafficking in drugs after a plea deal dropped a possession charge.

In 2008, he was convicted of a fourth-degree felony charge of possession of drugs and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

In April this year, he was charged with attempted illegal conveyance of prohibited items into a detention facility, a fourth-degree felony, and trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

On Friday, lawmen started the raid around 11 a.m. and wrapped it up mid afternoon. The search included the two-story rental property and three cars outside.

A police drug dog was used on the cars and in the residence.

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: A combined effort of the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force and the Logan County Adult Parole Authority netted drugs, money and a handgun Friday at a near east side residence. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

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