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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 13, 2016

Maryland Woman Found Guilty of Leading Oxycodone Operation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Roxanne Granberry, 35, Hughesville, Maryland, was convicted today by a federal jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and obtaining oxycodone by fraud.

Granberry was indicted on February 3. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Roxanne Granberry and her husband, William Granberry, ran a large-scale drug conspiracy in which they created fraudulent prescriptions for narcotics and used drug runners in multiple pharmacies in Virginia and several other states to obtain thousands of oxycodone tablets. Roxanne and William recruited individuals to drive to pharmacies and pass the prescriptions, and also engaged in direct sale and distribution of the oxycodone to numerous buyers in Virginia and other states. Since 2008, the criminal organization has fraudulently obtained approximately 130,000 oxycodone pills.  Thirteen other members of this conspiracy have also been convicted.

Granberry faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on September 16.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul A. Hayden and Anna G. Kaminska, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi are prosecuting the case.

The U.S. Attorney thanked the Department of Defense–Office of the Inspector General, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Virginia State Police, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for their assistance in this matter.

This case is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Operation “Circuit Breaker,” which focused on the vast illegal procurement and sale of prescription pain medication across the mid-Atlantic region and elsewhere, including Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C..  The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-28.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 13, 2016