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FORMER CORRECTIONS OFFICER SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS ON DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGES

April 12, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Bellingham man was sentenced today in federal court after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone and cocaine.

STEVEN J. MOGRASS, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr., to two years in prison after MOGRASS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute the potent painkiller, oxycodone and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have shown that from September-December 2009, MOGRASS, then a corrections officer at MCI Cedar Junction in Walpole, sold hundreds of oxycodone pills and two ounces of cocaine to an undercover task force officer on several occasions at a public parking lot in Franklin, Mass.

Judge O’Toole sentenced MOGRASS to 24 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. MOGRASS has resigned from his position of corrections officer.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the Internal Affairs Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, MCI Cedar Junction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Bloomer of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit and Brian T. Kelly, Chief of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.

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