Leader of Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization with Ties to Mexican Cartel Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
BOSTON – A Marshfield man was sentenced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking heroin and fentanyl in Marshfield, Taunton and surrounding communities.
John A. Gray, Jr., 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 77 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In January 2017, Gray pleaded guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and fentanyl.
In October 2015, Gray was arrested and charged along with 24 others in connection with a heroin trafficking ring operating in southeastern Massachusetts. One additional defendant was added in a superseding indictment filed on April 20, 2016. These charges are the result of a 15-month investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Marshfield, Fall River, Taunton, and surrounding communities, which have seen an increase in opioid overdoses and related deaths since 2013.
Of the 26 defendants charged in the superseding indictment, 18 have pleaded guilty and seven, including Gray, have been sentenced.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas E. Kanwit, Katherine Ferguson and Ann Taylor of Weinreb’s narcotics and money laundering unit are prosecuting the case.