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Huntington Man Pleads Guilty As Part Of Major Federal Drug Sweep

Reported: May. 20, 2014 2:19 PM EDT
Updated: May. 20, 2014 2:24 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – A Huntington man whose case led to a major federal drug sweep pleaded guilty on Tuesday to drug charges.

George Antonio Newman, 37, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office.

On April 15, 2013, as part of a larger investigation of Huntington-area drug activity, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a search of Newman’s residence at 1302 18th St. in Huntington. During the search, agents seized about 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 Aug. 18.

Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers conducted Tuesday’s plea hearing.

-- West Virginia Regional Jail Photo



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