Guilty Plea For Queens ‘Pot Farmer’ Firefighter
A Queens firefighter pled guilty last week in Brooklyn Federal Court to running a large-scale marijuana operation out of a house in Queens Village.
Matthew Cody, 28, was assigned to Engine 292 in Woodside when he was busted earlier this year by agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for operating the illegal pot factory in the basement of a house on 237th Street.
Cody’s brother, Michael, 26, a city sanitation worker who was arrested for drug possession in the same sting, pled guilty to possession of marijuana. He faces up to six months in prison when sentenced in January.
Matthew Cody was the legal owner of the house where agents recovered more than 100 high-quality hydroponically-grown marijuana plants with a street value of more than $500,000. He faces two years in prison when sentenced in January by Federal Judge John Gleeson.
A second firefighter, Patrick Murray, 34, was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration when he was taken into custody in connection with the illegal marijuana operation. Law enforcement sources said Murray is allegedly a member of a drug ring that grew the pot in Queens houses and distributed it throughout the city.
Murray and the Cody brothers were arrested after police at the 105th Precinct in Queens Village received an anonymous phone tip regarding the drug operation. The caller told police Murray was spotted moving out “hot” lights used to grow the marijuana at the Queens Village house, the sources said.
Murray refused a plea offer from federal prosecutors and is scheduled to go on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court in December.
Fire officials said Murray has been suspended without pay. He could face five to 40 years in prison, if convicted.