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Boston Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – An individual identified as a member of the Orchard Park Trailblazers Gang pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to selling crack cocaine in and around Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens Housing Development.

 

Tyree Draughn, a/k/a “TY,” 25, of Boston, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a school. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for April 27, 2018.

 

On May 10, 2017, Draughn sold cocaine base to a cooperating witness near a school in Roxbury. Draughn is the 11th of 12 defendants charged in June 2017 to plead guilty.  The arrests followed a nearly two-year investigation into the high concentration of crime in and around the Orchard Gardens Development, the largest publically funded housing development in Roxbury, which is also adjacent to area schools and Dudley Square. According to court documents, the crime stems, in part, from the illegal activities of the members and associates of the Orchard Park Trailblazers, who allegedly have active feuds with rival gangs throughout the city, which has produced numerous crimes of violence.

 

The charge of distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of six years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $2 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. 

Updated January 16, 2018

Topic
Drug Trafficking