Pittsfield Man Indicted on Drug, Firearms and Money Laundering Charges
BOSTON - A Pittsfield man was charged in federal court in Springfield yesterday with distributing marijuana, illegally possessing 10 guns and money laundering.
Matthew Murray, 40, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana, one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and one count of money laundering.
As alleged in the indictment, Murray possessed and distributed more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, possessed 10 firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking, and concealed the proceeds of his drug trafficking.
The drug charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 40 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $5 million fine. The firearms charge provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to life in prison, up to five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. The charge of money laundering provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering transaction. The United States will also seek to forfeit Murray’s interest in his residence on Southbrook Lane in Pittsfield, at least $799,259 in drug proceeds, an Audi A6, a Ducati Motorcycle and the firearms and ammunition used in furtherance of the crimes.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Albert Angelucci, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.