Waltham Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Marijuana Trafficking, Reports U.S. Attorney

Mar 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Waltham man was sentenced
 yesterday in federal court for trafficking in marijuana.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Bruce M. Foucart,
 Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New
 England, announced that ANTHONY F. SAUNDERS, 43, of Waltham, was sentenced
 by U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 19 years and 7 months
 imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Judge
 Woodlock also ordered that SAUNDERS forfeit $6.2 million in drug proceeds.
 On September 18, 2006, SAUNDERS was convicted by a trial jury of one count
 of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
     Evidence presented during the trial proved that SAUNDERS was the leader
 of a ten defendant marijuana trafficking group that had operated out of
 Billerica and Waltham from 2002 through 2004. The drug trafficking ring
 also involved SAUNDERS' mother, Sandra Saunders, 62, who was also convicted
 at trial and sentenced to ten years' incarceration. SAUNDERS' step-father,
 Leon Romprey, 65, pled guilty in June 2006, to his role in the conspiracy
 and was sentenced to five years incarceration. Co-defendant William
 Stanley, 46, of Waltham, also pleaded guilty to charges in June 2006, and
 was sentenced last week on March 20, 2007, to 22 years imprisonment.
     The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and
 the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police. It was prosecuted by
 Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Pelgro, David G. Tobin and Nancy Rue in
 Sullivan's Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.

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