Hughesville couple guilty of large-scale drug trafficking operation
A Hughesville woman was convicted by a federal jury on Monday, found guilty of leading a large-scale Oxycodone distribution organization with her husband, who pleaded guilty in February. Prosecutors estimated the couple netted a profit of $3.25 million over the course of eight years.
For the better part of a decade, Roxanne, 35, and William Granberry, 37, had been living lavishly in a large house complete with an exquisite swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a fleet of luxury vehicles and even a race car until December 2015 when a DEA and FBI joint-investigation brought their operation to a screeching halt, according to court records. Now, they are in
custody awaiting a sentencing hearing, subject to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment. Thirteen others have already been convicted for their respective involvement in the drug trafficking operation (DTO), states a U.S. Attorney Office press release.
“The Granberry team was not your typical married couple. She was not your typical mother of two young children. They were not an ordinary family,” said Gene Rossi, assistant U.S. attorney, in opening statements. “They were prolific drug dealers.”
The federal investigation began from the ground up.
In November 2013, a “runner” for the Granberry DTO was arrested as he attempted to obtain Oxycodone from a pharmacy with a fraudulent prescription in York, Pa., according to court records. The unidentified informant, referred to as “D.T.,” told investigators of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General of his involvement in the Granberry operation. He revealed that the organization operated in the Metropolitan area and sent fake-prescription runners to pharmacies in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Federal investigators also found that William Granberry had been arrested in 2007 in Calvert County for attempting to obtain Oxycontin from a CVS Pharmacy with a fraudulent prescription which used the identity and DEA number of a local doctor, an affidavit indicates.
Rather than taking the risk themselves, the Granberrys manufactured their own fake prescriptions using special paper and printers they would then give to their employed runners, like “D.T.,” court documents indicated. The Granberrys would use a website to obtain DEA numbers of legitimate doctors that practiced in their targeted areas, stealing their identity to make their fake prescriptions appear believable.
The Granberrys paid runners for each successful pharmacy visit and paid the drivers who then brought them the pills, court records indicate. Then, the Granberrys would sell the pills to dealers and users for profit. Investigators estimated they obtained about 130,000 pills over eight years, selling them at an average price of $25 each.
William Granberry pleaded guilty in February, but assistant U.S. attorneys Rossi, Paul Hayden and Anna Kaminska had to prove that Roxanne played a critical role in the drug trafficking operation.
Several witnesses, who were involved in the operation, testified that on numerous occasions they went directly through Roxanne to obtain prescriptions and receive payment, according to court proceedings. A driver testified she approved a raise for his services in transporting the illegally obtained pills.
One witness — the contractor who installed their $66,000 pool and Jacuzzi — testified that for their first payment, Roxanne gave him a bag containing $26,000 in cash: by the far the largest amount of cash he had received in 43 years working in the industry.
“Mrs. Granberry not only knew of the conspiracy, but she knowingly and voluntarily joined it as evidenced by her direct participation in acts that furthered the goals of the conspiracy,” said Hayden in closing.
Roxanne Granberry was found guilty on June 13 and awaits a sentencing hearing scheduled for Sept. 16. William Granberry is scheduled for sentencing on June 24.