MARTINSBURG – A suspended Jefferson County assistant prosecutor is set to be tried in Elkins next month on charges of selling prescription narcotics.
[cleeng_content id="483628802" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Federal Magistrate David Joel set James Casimiro’s trail date for Sept. 24 at the Jennings Randolph Federal Center.
A federal grand jury indicted Casimiro two weeks ago on charges of twice selling $300 worth of oxycodone tablets – the active ingredient in several prescription opiates, including OxyContin and Percocet – to confidential informants.
Casimiro has until Sept. 3 to respond to the charges. He is currently on pre-trial release after Joel agreed to grant him a personal recognizance bond.
Casimiro was initially appointed a federal public defender, but last week former South Charleston Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Payne announced that he would defend Cassimiro.
In their initial discovery disclosure, federal prosecutors provided Casimiro with two DVDs containing audio and video recordings from May 13, 2013 and June 25, 2013 – the same days on which he was alleged to have sold drugs to a confidential informant. An additional set of CDs containing audio recordings from December 2012 were also included.
United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld has said previously that the FBI first became aware of reports that Casimiro was selling drugs in July 2012.
The case will be tried by Second Circuit Judge John Preston Bailey, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Camiletti.[/cleeng_content]