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Richmond Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Over 80 Kilograms of Marijuana

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Michael Newman, 37, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for conspiring to distribute marijuana and ethylone.

Newman was found guilty on Oct. 22, 2015. According to court documents, James City County Police encountered Newman and another individual parked at a closed gas station in James City County on May 10, 2015, and found Newman to be in possession of marijuana, ethylone, drug scales and more than $3,000 in cash. The marijuana and ethylone were both intended for distribution, and Newman admitted to federal agents that he had been selling drugs since his release from state custody. Newman is responsible for a converted drug weight of between 80 and 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington; David G. Bowers, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Services’ Washington Division; and Bradley Rinehimer, Chief of James City County Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:15cr56.

Updated February 25, 2016

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