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W.Va. Senate President's Son Faces Drug Charges

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  A federal prosecutor says a 25-year-old son of West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler has been indicted in a drug trafficking case.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Wednesday that a grand jury in Wheeling indicted Jacob Kessler of Glen Dale on nine counts related to oxycodone distribution.

Ihlenfeld says some of the alleged trafficking occurred in Bellaire, Ohio, and near West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling.

In a statement, Jeff Kessler says he’s “heartbroken and disappointed” over his son’s arrest and asks for privacy during a difficult time for his family.