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.
SOURCE U.S. Attorney