‘Rin­gleader’ sen­tenced for Oxy oper­a­tion

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

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.

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