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Friday, May 27, 2011
Columbus tattoo parlor owner charged

By Adam Rittenberg

Edward Rife, the Columbus tattoo parlor owner who bought memorabilia from Ohio State football players, has been charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.

The Associated Press reports that court documents indicate Rife will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 200 pounds of marijuana, and one count of money laundering. He will cooperate with authorities.

Five Ohio State players -- quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas -- have been suspended for the first five games this fall for accepting improper benefits from Rife.