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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Harrison County Men Indicted On Federal Drug Charges


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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Two men from Harrison County have been indicted on federal drug charges alleging the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Jason MARPLE, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Casey SEARCY, 33, of Salem, West Virginia, were named in a three-count Indictment today charging them each with “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Oxycodone” and “Distribution of Oxycodone.” MARPLE was also charged with “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.”

MARPLE and SEARCY each face up to twenty years in prison on the conspiracy and the distribution charges and MARPLE faces a minimum term of five years in prison on the firearm charge. Both men are in custody based upon criminal complaints issued at the end of March containing similar allegations.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan, and was investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force. An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015