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13-year Hammond police veteran arrested on drug charge

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Jennifer Payne Gautier, 35 (Source: Hammond Police Dept.) Jennifer Payne Gautier, 35 (Source: Hammond Police Dept.)
HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) -

A 13-year veteran of the Hammond Police Department was arrested on drug charges Tuesday, according to police spokesman Lt. Vincent Giannobile. 

Officer Jennifer Payne Gautier, 35, faces a charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.

After an extensive investigation by the DEA Tactical Diversion Division, Gautier was found to be "doctor shopping" - seeing several doctors and being prescribed multiple prescriptions, Giannobile said.

Gautier turned herself in to the Hammond Police Department and was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite.

She was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of her case, Giannobile said.

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