Former Saints player arrested in Georgia in Opioid case

86-year-old doctor also arrested

WWL Newsroom
September 11, 2019 - 3:19 pm



 A former NFL football player and a Georgia doctor face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that former New Orleans Saints linebacker Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta.  The 40-year-old  is accused of illegal distribution of controlled substances, among other charges.

Prosecutors say 86-year-old Dr. Victor Hanson of the metro Atlanta city of Brookhaven is facing 14 counts of illegal drug distribution involving prescriptions.

Two other suspects are also facing charges.

Hodges lawyers did not immediately respond to calls and emails requesting comment. It wasn't known whether the others have lawyers yet.

Hodge, a linebacker who played in college for North Carolina.  He was drafted by the Saints in 2001 and spent all 5 of his NFL seasons in New Orleans. 



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