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3 Plead Guilty to Federal Drug Distribution Charges

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A man indicted on federal drug charges while working as a Harrison County process server had pleaded guilty in federal court.

Jason Marple pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting distribution of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a protected location, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld's office.  Marple faces a minimum sentence of at least one year in prison for the drug charge and at least five years in prison for the gun charge.   Chad Alton Register, 21, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone and Russell Powers aka Rusty, 49, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  Register and Powers each face up to 20 years in prison.  Two additional co-defendants have plea hearings scheduled, including George Powers and Dedreayl Maddox.  Two other co-defendants, Casey Searcy and Christopher Walls, have not scheduled plea hearings.


During the Harrison County Violent Crime and Drug Task Force investigation Marple met with an undercover officer in the Clarksburg K-Mart parking lot to sell oxycodone pills, according to federal court documents. Marple pulled up next to the undercover officer in a Harrison County Sheriff's Department cruiser while wearing his uniform. The undercover officer expressed concern about Marple driving the car and wearing his uniform, to which Marple replied, "Don't panic, I'm just a mail man with a gun." Marple told the undercover officer that the pills would cost $240 but he didn't have them at the time and that his source would be meeting him soon. The undercover officer told him to return with the pills and he would give him the money, according to court documents. Marple told a criminal informant, pretending to be a customer, that he was going to meet Searcy to get the pills. The undercover officer provided the informant with money to buy the pills from Marple, which later occurred. The pills were positively identified as 30mg oxycodone pills, according to court documents.