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Huntington Man Pleads Guilty in Major Federal Drug Sweep

MAY 20 (HUNTINGTON, W.Va.) - Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division and United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that George Antonio Newman, 37, of Huntington, pleaded guilty on May 20, 2014, to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  On April 15, 2013, as part of a larger investigation of Huntington-area drug activity, agents of the DEA conducted a search of Newman’s residence, located at 1302 18th Street in Huntington. During the search, agents seized approximately an ounce of cocaine from the top of Newman’s refrigerator. Newman intended to distribute the cocaine. Agents also seized a loaded Taurus .410 handgun found on top of the cocaine.

As a result of the DEA investigation, Newman, his brother Kenneth Dewitt Newman (also known as “K-Kutta”), and 13 other individuals were indicted for their various roles in the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, prescription pills, heroin, MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy) and marijuana. George Newman faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on August 18, 2014.

Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers conducted yesterday’s plea hearing.


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