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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Three Central West Virginia Men Convicted On Federal Drug And Firearms Charges

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three Central West Virginia men appeared in United States District Court before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull and entered pleas of guilty.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

Jason MARPLE, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, a former Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Process Server, entered pleas of guilty to one count of distribution of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of Clarksburg City Park playground and one count of knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime. MARPLE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to life in prison.

Chad Alton REGISTER, age 31, of Anmoore, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to the distribution of oxycodone.

Russell POWERS, also known as Rusty, age 49, of Clarksburg, entered a plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

REGISTER and POWERS, who are free on bond, face up to 20 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan, and was investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Three Rivers Drug Task Force.

Updated January 7, 2015