Ex-NFL player, doctor are arrested in Georgia opioid case

ATLANTA (AP) — 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 player Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. The 40-year-old Hodge 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 faces 14 counts of illegal drug distribution involving prescriptions.

Two other suspects also face charges.

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Lawyers for Hodge didn’t 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, was drafted by the Saints in 2001. He spent all five of his NFL seasons in New Orleans.

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