A Vermont man arrested last December for attempting to distribute five pounds of marijuana in Gloucester will spend six months in jail.
Matthew Bacon, 26, of 160 Hillside Lane in Randolph Vt., pleaded guilty in Gloucester District Court Friday to two charges of marijuana possession and a charge of possessing a large capacity firearm.
Judge Joseph Jennings sentenced him to six months in jail, four days deemed served, and placed him on an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for a year. A charge of dealing drugs in a school zone and using a firearm in a felony were dismissed by the state prosecutor.
Police arrested Bacon in December 2010, along with Sharon. Vt., resident Jesse Tibbits. According to police, the two drove into Gloucester with the intent to distribute five pounds of marijuana, and were arrested by a team of 10 law enforcement officers, including Gloucester and Massachusetts State Police and federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents.
In January, Jennings sentenced Tibbits, 31, to serve six months of an 18-month sentence for marijuana possession with intent to distribute, with a year's probation to follow.
Gloucester police arrested Tibbits and Bacon on Dec. 15, when the pair came off the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge and pulled into the Cape Ann Plaza off Grant Circle.
Bacon, who uses a wheelchair, was the driver, and had a loaded .40 caliber pistol.
Police estimated the value of the marijuana at around $15,000; officers found the marijuana in the trunk of the Vermonters' blue Ford Focus.
Andrew Stone, 34, of 12 Wells St. in Gloucester was sentenced to 90 days in jail Friday for a charge of assault and battery.
Jennings placed Stone on an 18-month suspended sentence, 90 days to be served with 26 days deemed serve. He was ordered to complete the Salvation Army rehabilitation program and a batterer's program.
According to Gloucester Police, an officer responded to his apartment on Wells Street in May after a woman who lives downstairs called police to report an upstairs commotion. When police arrived, the officer spoke with a woman at the apartment, who said she had argued with him and went into the bathroom to get away from him.
He then kicked in the bathroom door and hit her in the face, she told police. When she went to leave the house, he slammed the door on her hand and threw her to the ground, before leaving the residence. Police arrested him later after putting out his description while Fire Department paramedics attended to the woman.
Police located Stone and found him about to become involved in a fight with another man on the corner of Washington Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Police arrested Stone and told the other man to move along.
Charges of auto theft brought against a Gloucester man were dismissed in Gloucester District Court Friday at the state prosecutor's request. Brian Moody, 47, of 24 Myrtle Square faced the charges, which were dismissed by Judge Joseph Jennings in court on Friday.