100 kilos of marijuana, $800,000 and a small arsenal: Pittsfield man indicted on drug trafficking charges

SPRINGFIELD — A Pittsfield man faces up to life in prison and the forfeiture of hundreds of thousands in cash and property on charges including possession and distribution of over 100 kilograms of marijuana, possession of a small arsenal of weapons and laundering the proceeds of drug sales.

Matthew Murray, 40, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Springfield on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, distribution of marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and money laundering.

If convicted, Murray will be required to forfeit his house in Pittsfield, a 2012 Audi A6, a 2014 Ducati motorcycle, nearly $800,000 in cash, weapons and ammunition.

The indictments allege Murray was in possession of 10 weapons: six pistols, a pair of shotguns, a CX4 Storm rifle and an AR-15 rifle. Authorities allege those weapons were used in the furtherance of the drug operation.

The indictment alleges the crimes took place between Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 30, 2017.

The indictment alleges the possession of 100 kilograms or more, but doesn't provide a specific amount.

A conviction on the weapon charge carries a penalty of five years to life in prison; the drug charge carries a maximum penalty of a 40-year prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant is prosecuting the case.

Information about next dates in the case was not immediately available Friday afternoon.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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