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City man arrested on federal drug charges

The Logan County Joint Drug Task Force arrested a city man on multiple federal drug charges Tuesday afternoon around two o'clock.

David "Detroit Dave" Payne (pictured), 36, was arrested on a federal warrant when he entered Speedway, 329 South Main Street, Bellefontaine.

Payne was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana along with possession of a firearm. The indictment stems from an arrest in the city last summer.

On August 24th, the Joint Drug Task Force arrested Payne and Erin Ratleff at their 117 Powers Street residence.

A large amount of marijuana along with cocaine, money, and a loaded handgun were seized from their home.

Payne was charged with a felony count of possession of drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ratleff, 32, was arrested on a parole violation.

Both were lodged in the Logan County Jail.

The Task Force said the arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation.

Authorities searched the house and three nearby cars. A K-9 unit and the Adult Parole Authority assisted at the scene.

Payne has a lengthy criminal background. He has served several years in prison for weapons and drug charges.

Locally, Payne was convicted of aggravated drug trafficking in 1997. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

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

In 2009, the Bellefontaine Police Department arrested Payne for possession of cocaine. He was convicted and received a nine-month prison sentence.

Following Tuesday's arrest, Payne was transferred to federal authorities in Montgomery County to face a federal judge.

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