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Payne faces federal charges

A local repeat drug trafficking offender faces federal charges.



David “Detroit Dave” Payne, 36, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Speedway, 329 S. Main St., on federal charges of possessing a firearm in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce; and knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Lawmen with the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force handled the recent apprehension and an Aug. 24 arrest that led to the federal charges.

Then, the task force searched 117 Powers St. and three cars outside. They recovered marijuana, cocaine and a loaded handgun.

He was charged with felony counts of drug possession for the marijuana and for the cocaine.

“Payne is not new to the justice system, having already served several years in prison for weapons and drug charges,” Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said.

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 2000, he was arrested in Hancock County where he was convicted of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

By 2008, he was out of prison and back in the area. Within a year, 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.

He is currently in federal custody awaiting an appearance before a federal judge.

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