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Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney arrested on drug charges

James Casimiro III is charged with two counts of distribution of oxycodone

July 25, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney was suspended without pay Thursday after being arrested on drug distribution charges, according to court records and Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Ralph Lorenzetti.

James Casimiro III is charged with two counts of distribution of oxycodone in Jefferson County on May 31 and June 25, according to an indictment  filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

In both instances, prosecutors alleges Casimiro sold an unspecified amount of the often abused prescription drug for $300 to a person known to the federal grand jury, the indictment said.

Oxycodone, known by the brand name OxyContin, is among a group of Schedule II controlled substances, which have a high potential for abuse that might lead to severe psychological or physical dependence, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Casimiro was released Thursday on his own recognizance after making an initial appearance before Magistrate David J. Joel, court records said. Casimiro is scheduled to arraigned by Joel on Aug. 7.

At the proceeding Thursday, federal public defender Nicholas J. Compton was appointed to represent Casimiro.

District Judge Gina M. Groh, who once served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Jefferson County, separately recused herself from the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti is prosecuting the case, which was reassigned to Chief Judge John Preston Bailey, court records said.

Casimiro has been employed with the prosecuting attorney’s office for at least five years and had been primarily handling abuse and neglect cases in the last year, Lorenzetti said.

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