West Virginia woman pleads guilty to smuggling and dealing meth

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA – Melanie Lynne Curnutte, 58, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  She was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in September 2019.

According to the plea agreement, between the fall of 2018 and September of 2019, Curnutte conspired with multiple individuals to distribute methamphetamine in the Huntington and Charleston areas.  During the conspiracy, Curnutte repeatedly obtained quantities of methamphetamine which were transported from Akron to Huntington.  She relied on multiple individuals from Akron to deliver the methamphetamine to her and she would in turn distribute the methamphetamine to various customers.  Curnutte admitted that she was aware some of her customers also intended to distribute the methamphetamine she provided to them. 

Curnutte faces 10 years to life in federal prison when she is sentenced on July 6, 2021. 

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