The Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force has arrested a Harrison County Sheriff's Department Process Server on a federal drug distribution charge.
Jason Marple, and another person, Casey Searcy, are facing federal charges including aiding and abetting distribution of oxycodone. The charges were made possible following an undercover investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies including the Three Rivers Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
During the 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. The pills will be sent to the State Police Crime Lab for further identification.
Searcy and Marple will appear before a federal magistrate for an initial court appearance.