Chris Matthews’ In-Law Charged in $8.1M Pot Bust

by | January 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM | Cable News, TV News

MSNBC's Chris Matthews (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

MSNBC's Chris Matthews (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


An in-law of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has been arrested in a major ocean-going pot-smuggling operation.

Matthews, the long-time host of “Hardball,” has nothing to do with the case, other than the fact that the skipper of a vessel seized in the case is the father of Matthews’ daughter-in-law.

The captain is James Ormonde Staveley-O’Carroll, 58, of Cape Cod, who the Cape Cod Times says is a “self-described firebrand liberal.” His daughter Sarah is married to Chris Matthews’ son Michael K. Matthews.

Staveley-O’Carroll was arrested when his 79-foot sailboat the Sarah Moira was intercepted by feds Nov. 21 off Bay St. Louis, Miss. The boat, which had originated its voyage in Jamaica, was found to contain nearly 4,500 pounds of marijuana, with a street value estimated at $8.1 million.

Staveley-O’Carroll and two co-defendants “are charged with conspiracy to possess controlled substance with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import controlled substance with intent to distribute” and other charges, the Cape Cod paper reported. The other two are out on bail, but Capt. Staveley-O’Carroll is still being held.

No reaction from Chris Matthews, his son or daughter-in-law was reported.