NewsDecember 12, 2012 10:39 AM ET8,995 views

Ex-Nile, Divine Heresy member nabbed in drug sting

A former bassist for both Nile and Divine Heresy has reportedly been arrested in North Carolina for his involvement in a marijuana distribution network. According to WSOCTV in Charlotte, Joseph Payne, 28, and an accomplice were arrested over the weekend in connection with an investigation into "marijuana being transported from the Charlotte area and distributed in Iredell County." During the investigation, more than 2,900 grams of marijuana valued at roughly $26,000 was siezed. Specifically, Payne was charged with felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle. Joe Payne was a member of Nile from 2005 until his dismissal from the band in 2007, at which point he joined Divine Heresy. Payne left Divine Heresy in January 2011.

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