Two men charged in separate marijuana cases by the state attorney general

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Two men have been charged in connection with marijuana operations in the Pittsburgh area, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office said today.

One man, Nathan Martch, 30, of Oakland, received shipments of marijuana from Oregon and sold them in Pennsylvania, according to a grand jury presentment.

Mr. Martch is expected to surrender Monday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

The other man, Matthew Beebe, 25, has been arrested on charges that he ran a marijuana growing operation out of his Whitehall home.

A state grand jury recommended the charges against each be filed today, according to the AG’s office.

According to the presentment, Mr. Martch used the U.S. Postal Service or UPS to have 5- to 8-pound packages of marijuana sent to him from Oregon between 2011 and November 2013. The packages made a stop in Ohio before arriving in Pittsburgh, where Mr. Martch sold them for between $3,100 and $3,500 a pound, according to the grand jury.

Investigators said they seized about $80,500 in marijuana proceeds from Mr. Martch.

In Mr. Beebe’s case, according to the presentment, investigators searched his home in November and found 87 marijuana plants, about 10 pounds of dried or loose marijuana, LSD, hashish, mushrooms and other substances. They also said he had wall coverings, heat lamps and other items used to grow marijuana.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

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