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8 suspects arrested in drug case

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities have arrested eight of 15 suspects since Wednesday as part of a federal drug case with allegations dating back to 2010.

The 34-count indictment, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, charges 15 defendants with conspiring to distribute a mix of drugs from 2010 to Jan. 23, 2014, in Huntington and elsewhere. It states their conspiracy involved at least 100 grams of heroin, 500 grams of cocaine and unspecified quantities of crack cocaine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, marijuana and MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly.

Kenneth Dewitt Newman, also known as K-Kutta, faces 23 of the indictment's 34 counts, while co-defendant George Antonio Newman is named in five counts, more than the remaining suspects.

Both were arrested Thursday in Huntington. They are among three defendants expected in court for detention hearings this week.

Others charged in the case are Mark Silverberg, Darlene Newman, Marshall Lee Graves II, Kamel Burris, Stacy Shepard, Ariell Varney, Tammy Jackson, Marcus Dewayne Graves, Brandon Jay Appleton, Curtis Rollins, Tonda Click, Leroy Wilson and William Isiah Petties.

Silverberg was arrested Wednesday in Atlanta, according to his executed arrest warrant. Others arrested were Darlene Newman, Burris, Varney, Rollins and Click. No notice of arrest had been filed as of Saturday for the remaining defendants.

Darlene Newman, Varney, Rollins and Click were released on bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert. Kenneth and George Newman, along with Burris, 31, are incarcerated at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky.

All 15 defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute the above mentioned drugs. The case is the product of a joint investigation between the Huntington Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In addition to convictions, federal prosecutors seek the forfeiture of three Huntington residences and $13,000, or substitute assets should prosecutors encounter difficulty in securing those items.

The residences are located at 1814 Artisan Ave., 1684 Doulton Ave., and 1302 18th St. Cabell County Assessor records show each property is linked to either George Newman or Darlene Newman, another suspect arrested Thursday in Huntington.

The financial sum is consistent with $13,113 sought by federal authorities in late April 2013. Affidavits used to secure the seizure indicate George Newman, 37, had been the subject of a federal drug investigation since June 2012.

The financial seizure followed an April 15, 2013, search warrant at 1302 18th St. It uncovered 10 grams of suspected cocaine, eight individually wrapped packages of marijuana and a substantial amount of drug paraphernalia.

George Newman admitted to having dealt narcotics at the residence and to having been involved in crack and powder cocaine distribution since 2010, according to the late April 2013 affidavits.

The April 15, 2013, search also was consistent with three of five counts Geroge Newman faces in the indictment. Those counts charge him with possessing with an intent to distribute cocaine, along with possessing a .410 caliber handgun in furtherance of the drug crime and illegal possession of the weapon by a drug user or addict.

George Newman's remaining count involves the alleged distribution of oxymorphone March 27, 2013, in Huntington.

Kenneth Newman, 32, additionally faces charges distributing cocaine March 30, May 28, May 31, June 14, Sept. 12, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, 2013; cocaine and oxycodone Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 16, Nov. 6, Nov. 21, 2013; cocaine and oxymorphone Oct. 28, 2013; cocaine and heroin Dec. 20, Dec. 23, 2013, and Jan. 8, 2014; cocaine, oxycodone and heroin Jan. 3, 2014; heroin Jan. 8, 2014; along with cocaine and marijuana Jan. 14, 2014.

Kenneth Newman also faces charges of aiding and abetting the distribution of MDMA on Jan. 31, 2011, possession of a 9 mm handgun in furtherance of the Oct. 7, 2013, drug crime, and possession with an intent to distribute cocaine, oxycodone, heroin, MDMA and marijuana, Jan. 20, 2014.

Each of Kenneth Newman's charges occurred in Huntington.

Others facing additional counts aside from the conspiracy charge were Darlene Newman, Marshall Lee Graves, Varney, Marcus Graves, Appleton and Petties.

Darlene Newman's additional charge states, on Dec. 23, 2013, she owned and managed 1684 Doulton Ave. for the purpose of drug storage.

Marcus Graves is additionally charged with distributing oxycodone Aug. 24, 2011, in Huntington.

Varney is additionally charged with possessing with an intent to distribute MDMA Nov. 20, 2013, in Huntington.

Marshall Lee Graves is additionally charged with possessing with an intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, along with having been a convicted felon in possession of a SKS, 7.62 mm rifle. Both incidents happened Jan. 20, 2014, in Huntington. His prior conviction was an attempt to commit a felony March 7, 2006, in Cabell County.

Appleton is additionally charged with possessing with an intent to distribute MDMA and cocaine Jan. 20, 2014, in Huntington.

Petties is additionally charged with having been a convicted felon in possession of a .40 caliber pistol Jan. 20, 2014, in Huntington. His prior conviction was aggravated robbery Aug. 8, 2000, in Cabell County.

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