JEFFERSON COUNTY, Md. - A Ranson man is behind bars after illegally selling drugs in the area, according to officials with the United State Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. 

James Casimiro, III, 37, of Ranson, W.Va., was sentenced to six months in prison for the distribution of oxycodone. 

The former assistant county prosecutor admitted to obtaining the painkillers from a cancer patient and then selling them for profit. 

Officials say the investigation involved the use of a confidential informant who made purchases of oxycodone tablets from Casimiro in May and June of 2013, a time period during which he was still employed as a prosecutor. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force. 

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