LMPD, FBI seize over $1.5 million in assets from alleged drug trafficker
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville division of the FBI has seized over 1.5 million dollars in assets from a man they say has been flying marijuana to Kentucky from California for about seven years, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court.
In an affidavit included with the lawsuit, an FBI agent describes the day investigators arrested Matthew Friedman with 30 pounds of marijuana in his car.
Louisville Metro Police and the FBI launched a joint investigation into Friedman in 2012, believing that he would travel to California to pick up marijuana and then drive it back to Kentucky.
Their investigation revealed that Friedman would fly the drugs between states in a small, single engine aircraft.
In December of 2013, investigators stopped Friedman's vehicle as he was on his way to a delivery. The affidavit says they found approximately 30 pounds of marijuana in his car.
According to agents, Friedman took investigators back to his home in Breckinridge County and allowed them to search the property. They found three PVC pipes containing $150,000 each buried in the backyard along with two 55 gallon drums, one of which was filled with marijuana.
The Affidavit says Friedman told officers he made the money from selling marijuana and when asked how long he had been selling the drug, he said since his son was born. He told the investigators he bought $2,000 worth of marijuana, started selling and never stopped.
That length of time is noted in the affidavit with the simple statement: “This son appeared to be approximately seven years old.” Friedman allegedly told them selling marijuana was “easy and profitable” so he kept doing it and had not had any legitimate jobs since.
After discovering Friedman rented a storage unit in Corydon, Indiana with his wife investigators found more property they say was acquired with money from selling drugs, including several collector's motorcycles and two Porsche cars.
In total, LMPD and the FBI seized the following:
- $1,597,655.00 in U.S. currency
- $51,100.00 in U.S. currency
- Miscellaneous tools and GPS
- 2004 Ford Econoline E350 van
- 2009 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000 Porsche Boxster
- 1985 Jawa 500cc Ice Racer
- 1977 Yamaha RD400
- 1977 Triumph T140 Bonneville
- 1973 Norton Commando 750
- 1978 Ducati GTS 900
- 1974 Ducati GT (TS/750)
- 2001 Porsche Cabriolet 2D Carrera
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