AG, federal partnership prosecutes heroin, pill cases

By Chris Dickerson | Oct 10, 2016

CHARLESTON – Two men have been indicted on multiple counts of drug trafficking as a result of the partnership between the offices of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

The defendants – Michael Ernest Marshall and Clark Corbin – each made their initial court appearance Oct. 5.

“Those who perpetuate illicit drug use must be dealt with accordingly,” Morrisey said in a statement.

Marshall, of Charles Town, faces a six-count indictment. It charges him with distributing oxycodone and individual counts of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and methadone, all related to a June 8 incident in Jefferson County.

Marshall also faces individual counts of possessing with an intent to distribute carisoprodol, methadone and oxycodone as related to a March 24 incident in Jefferson County.

Corbin, of Ranson, stands charged with a two-count indictment alleging separate counts of possessing with an intent to distribute heroin and cocaine hydrochloride. Both charges stem from a Feb. 14 incident in Jefferson County.

The partnership, announced in December 2015, involves two lawyers from the Attorney General’s Office serving as special assistant U.S. attorneys. To date, it has yielded five convictions and four sentences.

West Virginia Assistant Attorney General Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the Marshall and Corbin cases in her dual role as a special assistant U.S. attorney.

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