April 24, 2021 – A man who prosecutors say ran an extensive network selling psychedelic and party drugs around the Santa Cruz area, including at UC Santa Cruz, was sentenced to a decade in federal prison, court records show.

Matthew Wilcox Hutchings, 26, was sentenced April 20 to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman. At an earlier hearing, Hutchings pleaded guilty to selling LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and MDMA, court records show. On top of this, prosecutors said that when Hutchings was in jail, he was recorded telling his mom on the phone that selling drugs made him feel “on top of the (expletive) world.”

“Hutchings said that he regretted nothing, and if he had the chance to do it again, he would,” assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Griswold wrote in a sentencing memo. “His mother laughed and told him not to repeat that sentiment to the judge.”



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