A Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper is suspended without pay after being indicted on three felony counts of prescription forgery.
Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest says Steve barber was indicted early last month, but records were sealed until today. The indictment accuses Barber of fraudulently obtaining the controlled substances Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.
Barber waived arraignment and posted $10,000 bond. He has a march trial date. If convicted, Barber faces up to five years in prison and $1,000 for each count. Barber is part of Troop C, based in Pearl.
Department of Public Safety Spokesman Jon Kalahar says suspension without pay is standard procedure.
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