Two Alderson men were arrested at a Johnson Street residence Wednesday on charges of distributing heroin, according to Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill.

The accused men, Christopher Luke Miller, 31, and Joshua Daniel Osborne, 30, are the focus of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Greenbrier County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Alderson Police Department, Cahill said. The sheriff noted he expects further charges to be filed in connection with the investigation.

Criminal complaints against both men were lodged by Sheriff’s Cpl. D.J. Hinkley in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court.

According to the complaints, a confidential informant allegedly purchased controlled substances — later identified as heroin — on separate occasions from both Osborne and Miller. The alleged buy from Osborne occurred on Aug. 28, and the alleged buy from Miller occurred on Sept. 2, court documents show.

Hinkley wrote that the purchase of two “capsules each containing a quantity of a brown ... powdery substance” from Osborne was conducted in the backyard of Osborne’s father’s residence in Alderson. The confidential informant paid $100 for the capsules, later identified via a field test as heroin, according to the complaint.

The confidential informant also bought two capsules of the same description from Miller, Hinkley wrote. That controlled buy occurred on the back porch of Osborne’s father’s residence in Alderson, the complaint continued. The brown, powdery contents of those capsules also field tested as heroin, according to court documents.

Osborne and Miller were arraigned before Magistrate Doug Beard on Wednesday.

Miller is free on $50,000 bond and, as of Thursday afternoon, Osborne was still lodged in Southern Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

— E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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