Friday, June 13, 2014

Two arrested for distributing marijuana in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two men, one trafficker and one grower, for distributing marijuana in Pittsburgh. 

Evidence and testimony was presented to a state investigating grand jury, which recommended the charges being filed today.    

Matthew Beebe

Nathan Martch

Matthew Beebe

Matthew Beebe, 25, 5111 Grove Road, Pittsburgh, was taken into custody Friday, June 13, 2014 on charges of operating a sophisticated marijuana growing operation at his Whitehall residence. Beebe outfitted rooms in his basement for various stages of marijuana plant growth with reflective wall coverings, heat lamps, air filters, fertilizer and growing manuals, according to the grand jury. 

Investigators seized at Beebe's Grove Road residence 87 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of loose or dried marijuana from a previous grow and several Schedule 1 controlled substances. 

Beebe is charged two felony counts of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, two felony counts of criminal conspiracy and three misdemeanor counts of possession of LSD, hashish, mushrooms, marijuana tincture and Kief.

Nathan Martch

An investigation into marijuana trafficking in Pittsburgh revealed that from at least 2011 through November of 2013, Nathan Martch, 30, 3107 Kennett Square, Pittsburgh, received from Oregon shipments of five- to eight-pound packages of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service or UPS once or twice a month.

The grand jury found that Martch distributed high-grade marijuana for $3,100 to 3,500 per pound. During a search warrant executed at Martch's residence and other locations, investigators seized 20 pounds of marijuana and more than 300 empty vacuum-seal bags consistent with the packaging of the marijuana that Martch allegedly distributed in one-pound increments. Investigators also seized Schedule III controlled substances and through a series of controlled purchases, seized an additional 18 pounds of marijuana. 

During the course of the investigation into Martch, approximately $80,500 of proceeds from marijuana trafficking was seized. He is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Monday, June 16.

Martch is charged with three felony counts of delivery of marijuana, two felony counts of criminal conspiracy, one felony count of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, one misdemeanor count of possession of Suboxone and one misdemeanor count of possession of steroids.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Moon Township Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Leetsdale Police Department, the Ambridge Police Department, the Aliquippa Police Department, the Conway Police Department and the Harmony Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

The cases will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Marnie Sheehan-Balchon of the Drug Strike Force Section.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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