Catfish Bait Sold as Heroin in Ohio

Three people who mixed vinegar with catfish bait and tried to sell it as heroin got hooked by undercover police officers.

Authorities said the three also tried to sell fake LSD to police.

Even though the drugs were fake, counterfeit drugs can be dangerous, said Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

John Burke, director of the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force, said he wasn't sure what substance was used to mimic LSD in this case. He also didn't know what might happen to someone who injected a bait-vinegar concoction.

William Perry, 22, of Columbus, and Rosanne Wead, 20, of Piqua, each pleaded guilty Tuesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court to a count of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances. A third person, Jerry Snowden, 27, of Piqua, pleaded guilty last month to a counterfeit-substance charge. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Wead was sentenced to six months in prison; Perry will be sentenced later.

Lebanon is about 25 miles north of Cincinnati.