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Head of Newman Drug Clan Pleads Guilty
The charges against Newman and his associates arose out of a long term investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, and the Huntington Police Department. George Newman, Ariell Varney, William Isiah Petties, Kamel Burris, and Brandon Appleton have all pleaded guilty to various charges arising from the Newman investigation. Other defendants are awaiting trial currently set for the end of July. Newman faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on August 25, 2014.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 and heroin. 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 and heroin in communities across the Southern District.