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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Huntington Man Pleads Guilty In Major Federal Drug Sweep

Huntington, W.Va. – George Antonio Newman, 37, of Huntington, pleaded guilty today to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.  On April 15, 2013, as part of a larger investigation of Huntington-area drug activity, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (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 today’s plea hearing.

Updated January 7, 2015