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Two jailed on federal indictment charges

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities nabbed two of three suspects late Wednesday in a federal indictment involving the trafficking of pain pills.

Those arrested were Vernon Lee Browning, 45, and Herman Edison Aliff Jr., 39, according to jail records and court documents.

The indictment charges Browning, Aliff and codefendant Jeffrey Allen King with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone. It states they conspired with others between January 2009 and Feb. 20, 2013, to traffic the prescription painkillers in Huntington, according to the indictment.

It additionally charges Browning with single counts of actual distribution. A March 13, 2012, incident involved oxymorphone, followed by a Sept. 7, 2012, occurrence with oxymorphone.

Browning and Aliff were scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Thursday, after being arrested in Huntington and initially detained without bond at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

There had been no executed arrest warrant filed pertaining to King as of Thursday afternoon.

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