Portsmouth man found guilty on federal drug and gun charges

Kenneth Matthews

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Kenneth Matthews has been found guilty of three of the four federal drug and gun charges he faced on Friday.

Matthews was found guilty on two charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and one of the two charges of transferring a firearm to a felon.

Federal and state police raided the homes of Kenneth Matthews and his son, Kenneth Meeks, in Portsmouth last August.

In Matthews’ home, according to court documents, agents found more than $30,000 in cash, 17 grams of cocaine, digital scales, marijuana, 13 rifles, 12 shotguns, eight pistols and one revolver.

When Matthews’ trial began, his son served as a witness for the United States, testifying against his father, according to Matthews’ defense attorney, James Broccoletti.

Meeks reached an agreement with prosecutors in January, pleading guilty to a cocaine and gun charge.

Matthews will be sentenced in January of 2017.