The first major domino to fall in the Ohio State Buckeyes tattoo investigation will also be the first one to do time: Edward Rife, owner of the tattoo shop that allegedly provided tattooes in exchange for Ohio State memorabilia, has plead guilty to drug trafficking charges.
Rife first became a person of interest in the many overlapping Ohio State investigations when his name came up in emails sent to former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel in late 2010. Rife owned and operated Fine Ink Tattoos in Columbus, allegedly both taking memorabilia from Buckeyes in exchange for ink and selling marijuana out of the tattoo parlor.
Rife's office was raided last year, and law officers discovered and seized memorabilia that appeared to come from Buckeyes players.
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