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JEFFERSON COUNTY 2 indicted on drug charges



Published: Sat, March 1, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The men - one a doctor - are accused of illegally providing a prescription painkiller.

STEUBENVILLE -- Two men, one of them an East Liverpool doctor recently convicted of drug possession, have been indicted on 93 drug-related charges.

A Jefferson County grand jury handed up the indictments Wednesday, Jefferson County Prosecutor Bryan Felmet said.

Indicted on identical charges are Dr. Paramjit Singh, 45, of Amarillo Ave., Negley, and Jassie Singh, a Jefferson County truck stop owner also known as Jessie Singh. He is 37 and lives in Bloomingdale, Ohio.

It's unclear if the two men are related, Felmet said.

Dr. Singh was arrested Wednesday by Boardman police and was in the Mahoning County Jail this morning awaiting an extradition hearing to bring him to Jefferson County, Felmet said.

Jassie Singh was arrested at a truck stop in Jefferson County and was in the Jefferson County Jail this morning.

Most of the criminal activity alleged occurred in Jefferson County, Felmet said.

Charges

The charges against both of them are:

UOne count of engaging in a corrupt activity, a first-degree felony bearing a maximum 10-year sentence.

U28 counts of illegal processing of drug documents. Authorities allege the men wrote prescriptions that weren't medically necessary for OxyContin pain pills. The charge is a fourth-degree felony bearing a maximum 18-month sentence.

U28 counts of aggravated drug possession, which allege the possession of OxyContin. Each of the second-degree felonies carries a maximum eight-year sentence.

U28 counts of aggravated drug trafficking in connection with selling OxyContin. Each of the second-degree felony trafficking counts carries an eight-year maximum sentence.

USix counts of tampering with evidence. Authorities say the men altered patients' medical records to impede an investigation. These third-degree felonies carry five-year maximum sentences.

UTwo counts of obstructing justice. Authorities allege the men induced others to withhold evidence of criminal activity. These also are third-degree felonies bearing maximum five-year sentences.

At the time of his arrest, Dr. Singh was free on bond after his January conviction in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court for aggravated drug possession involving OxyContin.

Judge David Tobin had sentenced the doctor to eight years for that crime.




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