‘Ringleader’ sentenced for Oxy operation
A Hughesville man and “ringleader” of a large-scale Oxycodone drug trafficking operation was sentenced in U.S. Court to 10 years imprisonment on Friday, having pleaded guilty in February. He and his wife, who was convicted by a federal jury two weeks ago, netted an estimated profit of $3.25 million over the course of eight years, according to prosecutors.
For the better part of a decade, William Granberry, 37, and Roxanne Granberry, 35, 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. Thirteen others have already been convicted for their respective involvement in the drug trafficking operation (DTO), states a U.S. Attorney Office press release.
Together, the Granberry’s illegally obtained an estimated 130,000 Oxycodone pills during their operation by employing a hierarchy of “runners” and “drivers” who used fraudulent prescriptions manufactured by the couple, court records indicate. Utilizing a special printer and paper, the Granberry’s would create fake prescriptions by stealing the identity of doctors who practiced near the targeted pharmacies and used fictitious patient names to make the prescriptions seem believable.
“This sentencing is the product of a multiyear, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-agency Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation designated “Operation Circuit Breaker,”” states a U.S. Attorneys Office press release. “Operation Circuit Breaker focuses upon the illegal procurement and sale of prescription pain medication across the mid-Atlantic region.”
A sentencing hearing for Roxanne is pending.