PORTLAND, Maine — A Gray man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison for being part of a scheme to mail oxycodone from Florida to Maine, according to information posted Tuesday on the federal judiciary’s electronic case filing system.
Steven Granger, 47, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Granger to three years of supervised release.
Michael Henry Sr., 56, of Interlachen, Fla., and Edward Flannery, 46, of Lewiston were indicted with Granger by a federal grand jury in Portland a year ago on the conspiracy drug charge. Henry and Flannery also have pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 6.
The men’s illegal activities were uncovered during routine inspections of Express Mail by a U.S. Postal Service inspector last year.
Between January 2011 and July 2011, 30 packages addressed to Flannery in Lewiston were mailed from an address in Interlachen, Fla., that turned out to be a vacant lot and from a person who was deceased, according to court documents.
By pleading guilty in May to the conspiracy charge, Granger admitted that from November 2010 and July 2011 he obtained oxycodone from two separate Florida suppliers by mail. One of those suppliers was Henry, according to court documents.
Information on the second supplier was not available Tuesday.
After distributing the pills himself and with the help of Flannery, Granger would wire money to his supplier, according to court documents.
Each package contained 100 oxycodone pills for which Granger paid Henry $18 to $20 per pill and Granger then sold for $25 each, according to court documents.
The penalty for the drug conspiracy charge is up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, Granger faced between three years and 10 months and four years and nine months in federal prison.
Granger’s attorney, Leonard Sharon of Auburn, said in an email after the sentencing that Judge Hornby departed from federal sentencing guidelines, which are advisory.
Hornby ordered Granger to begin serving his sentence on Sept. 28.
“We asked for a variance based on [Granger’s] extraordinary rehabilitation efforts, his family background, his lack of a record, etc.” Sharon wrote in the email. “There were at least 12 letters submitted and at least that many folks present at the sentencing, many of whom spoke, including his daughter who is deaf and had someone sign for her.”
Efforts to reach the U.S. attorney’s office were unsuccessful.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. Steven Granger, 47, of Gray was sentenced to two years in prison, not two years and eight months, for being part of a scheme to mail oxycodone from Florida to Maine, according to information posted Tuesday on the federal judiciary’s electronic case filing system.