Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison Conspiring to Sell Drugs

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A Richmond man will spend more than five years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute illicit drugs.

Michael Newman, 37, was sentenced Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to serve 70 months, or five years and 10 months.

Newman pleaded guilty in October to possessing marijuana, ethylone, drug scales and more than $3,000 in cash in his car when it was parked in the lot of a closed James City County gas station.

Newman and Sarah Anne King, who pleaded guilty to her part in the incident in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court earlier this month, were sitting in a 2005 Toyota Corolla in front of the Shell gas station in Barhamsville when a James City County Police officer approached them, according to a police report.

The officer smelled marijuana and searched the car, where he found the drugs and paraphernalia.

Newman, who is responsible for conspiring to distribute between 80 and 100 kilograms of marijuana, admitted to federal agents he had been selling drugs and both the marijuana and ethylone were intended for distribution.