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At the time of the stop, Varney was being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration for her connection to the drug trafficking activities of Kenneth Dewitt Newman, also known as “K-Kutta.” As a result of the investigation, Newman and 14 other individuals were charged with various offenses related to a drug trafficking conspiracy in the Huntington area. Varney was living in Miami, Florida, during the investigation, and is believed to have been a supplier of MDMA to the Newman organization. In addition to MDMA, Newman’s organization was responsible for selling cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, marijuana, and crack cocaine.
Varney faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on August 18, 2014. Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers is presiding over the case.
This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.