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Missouri budget director arrested on drug charges

JEFFERSON CITY | The budget staff director for the Missouri House of Representatives has been arrested on drug charges.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported that Joseph Roberts, 46, was cited Tuesday for possessing drug paraphernalia. He has not yet been charged.

Police spokesman Capt. Doug Shoemaker told the newspaper that officers went to Roberts' home on a "check well being" call. Shoemaker said Roberts posted bond and was released.

A staff member for the House Appropriations Committee said Thursday that Roberts is out of the office until next week.

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