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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Boston Gang Member Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution

BOSTON – A member of the Orchard Park Trailblazers Gang was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for selling crack cocaine in and around Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens Housing Development.

Tyree Draughn, a/k/a “TY,” 25, of Boston, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 18 months in prison and six years of supervised release, during which time Draughn will be precluded from entering the Orchard Gardens Housing Development and from being in contact or associating with approximately 20 individuals from the same area. In January 2018, Draughn pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a school.

On May 10, 2017, Draughn sold cocaine base to a cooperating witness near a school in Roxbury. Draughn was on pretrial release on two state drug distribution cases at the time of May 10th sale. Since that time, he has been convicted on one of those cases and has also been charged in a third case alleging that was attempting to smuggle drugs into a prison.

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.

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. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 9, 2018