Seven Central West Virginia Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges
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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Seven Central West Virginia men have been indicted on federal drug charges alleging a conspiracy to distribute prescription painkillers, as well as other related drug charges.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Jason MARPLE, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Casey SEARCY, age 33, of Salem, West Virginia; Christopher Michael WALLS, age 29, of Clarksburg; Chad Alton REGISTER, age 31, of Anmoore, West Virginia; Russell POWERS, also known as Rusty, age 49, of Clarksburg; George POWERS, age 34, of Clarksburg; and Dedreayl MADDOX, also known as “D,” age 29, of Fairmont, West Virginia, were named in a fifteen count superseding indictment charging them with “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Oxycodone.” The superseding indictment also alleges additional counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone,” “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a Playground,” “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime,” and “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises.”
SEARCY is charged with two counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a Playground,” which doubles the penalty; three counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone;” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone;” and one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise.”
MARPLE is charged with two counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of a Playground,” which doubles the penalty; two counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone;” and one count of “Knowingly Using a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.”
REGISTER is charged with one three counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone,” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.”
Russell POWERS and George POWERS are each charged with “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone,” and one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise.”
WALLS is charged with one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone.”
The Superseding Indictment also carries a forfeiture allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit $1,886 in United States Currency; a 2003 Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail motorcycle; firearms; and tools that were seized from the defendants and derived from proceeds obtained directly from the offenses alleged in the Superseding Indictment.
The conspiracy, distribution, possession, and drug-involved premises counts carry a penalty of up to twenty years imprisonment; the distribution counts within 1,000 feet of a playground carry a penalty of up to forty years imprisonment; and the firearm charge carries a minimum penalty of five years imprisonment.
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. A Superseding Indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.