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A federal grand jury in Elkins has indicted two Harrison County men on charges they distributed prescription painkillers.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Jason Marple, 35, of Clarksburg, and Casey Searcy, 33, of Salem, were named in a three-count indictment charging them each with distribution of oxycodone, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and to distribute oxycodone.

Marple also was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

If convicted, each man would face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy and the distribution charges, while Marple also would face a minimum of five years in prison on the firearm charge.

Marple and Searcy are in custody based upon criminal complaints issued at the end of March. Their case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

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Also in Elkins, a sex offender who moved from Arizona to West Virginia was indicted for failing to register his status as required by federal law.

Ihlenfeld said Fouad Irvin Fakhra, 28, of Hedgesville, was charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He has a prior felony conviction for endangering the welfare of a child in Missouri and is alleged to have failed to register as a sex offender after he moved to West Virginia in 2013.

This case was investigated by U.S. marshals and will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin.