Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:23 am
by Matt Harvey Assistant Managing Editor
CLARKSBURG — The federal drug case against a Harrison County Sheriff’s Department process server continued to expand Friday, with additional charges against him and more codefendants arrested.
Initially, Jason Marple, 35, and Casey Searcy, 33, had been the lone defendants named in the federal indictment. But earlier this week in Clarksburg, Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan sought — and obtained — charges from grand jurors against five other defendants.
Also named in the conspiracy to possess/distribute oxycodone: Chad Alton Register, 31, of Anmoore; Russell “Rusty” Powers, 49, and George Powers, 34, both of Clarksburg; Christopher Michael Walls, 29, who’s serving time in state prison; and Dedreayl “D” Maddox, 29, of Fairmont.
Walls, in prison for Harrison County drug and burglary convictions, was served papers in jail.
The Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force worked throughout the day to arrest the Powers brothers, Register and Maddox. Those four defendants were released on personal recognizance bonds after they were brought for initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate John S. Kaull by multiple deputy U.S. marshals, including Supervisory Deputy Marshal Terry Moore.
The conspiracy occurred from this January through March 31, the grand jury has alleged.
In addition to the conspiracy, Marple and Searcy are accused of aiding and abetting distribution of oxycodone Feb. 28 and March 19 in Clarksburg; and aiding and abetting distribution of the drug March 3 and March 11 within 1,000 feet of the Clarksburg City Park in North View.
Marple also is charged with possession, use and carrying of a firearm in furtherance of a drug- trafficking crime.
Searcy also is charged with aiding and abetting distribution of oxycodone March 25 in Salem; possession with intent to distribute oxycodone March 31 in Salem; and maintaining a drug-involved premises during the time of the conspiracy (136 Pittson Road, Salem).
Register also is charged with distribution of oxycodone Jan. 9 and 10 in Clarksburg; aiding and abetting Walls in distribution of oxycodone Jan. 14 in Clarksburg; and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.
The Powers brothers are also charged with aiding and abetting distribution of oxycodone March 31 in Clarksburg; and aiding and abetting maintaining a drug-involved premises during the time of the conspiracy at 698 Wilsonburg Road, Clarksburg.
The indictment also seeks a forfeiture of guns, cash, tools and a motorcycle.
Previously, Morgan produced evidence alleging the government had conducted multiple buys from Marple, and that he was a long-term, daily addict to pain pills, who also had used marijuana.
Also, there were no records of Marple obtaining a prescription for pain pills in 2012, 2013 or this year, a sergeant for the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force has testified.
Searcy was the supplier for Marple, the sergeant has alleged.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department received tips from the public in 2011 that Marple had been selling drugs. However, the department’s ensuing investigation was unable to find any “solid indication” that he had been selling or using drugs, Sheriff Albert Marano has said.
Marano also confirmed his department didn’t share the allegations with the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force back in 2011.
The Drug Task Force began investigating Marple as a potential supplier this Feb. 3, the agency’s sergeant previously testified.
The Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force is believed to still be investigating the case.
Searcy and Marple are jailed pending prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force late Friday also arrested Jerome Haynes, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on a charge of possession with intent to deliver oxycodone, according to Supervisory Deputy Marshal Moore.
Haynes, arrested in a criminal complaint, was not named in the superseding indictment. However, the government now alleges that Haynes was the supplier for Marple and Searcy.