Portsmouth man sentenced to 12 years for dealing cocaine, giving firearm to felon

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Kenneth Matthews & Kenneth Meeks

Kenneth Matthews & Kenneth Meeks

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday for his part in dealing cocaine and giving a firearm to a felon.

44-year-old Kenneth Matthews was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and transferring a firearm to a felon, according to the department of justice.

Matthews was found guilty by a federal jury on September 29, 2016, following a three-day trial.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Matthews and his 27-year-old son Kenneth Meeks distributed over 13 kilograms of cocaine in the Hampton Roads area between November 2013 and August 2015.

On August 13, 2015, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Matthews’ residence in Portsmouth and discovered 17 grams of cocaine, digital scales, 34 firearms, 3,288 rounds of ammunition and over $30,000 in cash.

Meeks was sentenced to five years in prison on federal gun and drug charges in October, 2016.

Related:

Father and son arrested following search for illegal firearms in Portsmouth