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Published on June 19, 2024
Former Massachusetts Corrections Officer Sentenced to Probation for Smuggling Drugs into PrisonSource: Unsplash/ Wesley Tingey

Yesterday, a former Corrections Officer, Gregorit Sanchez, age 29 and resident of Haverhill, was sentenced to five years of probation. This follows his arrest for attempting to smuggle drugs into a Massachusetts prison. According to a U.S. Attorney's Office release, Sanchez appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley, who also ordered him to serve a year under home detention.

This turn of events stems from incidents dating back to November 2021 when Sanchez, then an officer at the Middleton House of Correction, was caught trying to smuggle a controlled substance formulation into the facility intended for an inmate, as reported by the U.S. Attorney's Office. While the government recommended a 30-month prison sentence following his guilty plea to conspiracy charges in March 2024, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines suggested 30-37 months of incarceration.

Sanchez was part of a drug trafficking network, smuggling cocaine, fentanyl, and other substances. He was caught with a package containing 33 grams of fentanyl pills, cocaine in powder and crack form, Suboxone films, and other illegal items. These materials were intended for Elvis DeJesus, who faces sentencing in October after pleading guilty to similar charges in June.

The case is part of the effort by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) to dismantle major drug traffickers and their networks. Various law enforcement agencies worked together to arrest and prosecute Sanchez, showing the teamwork needed to fight the illegal drug trade. Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and many agents led the effort, supported by the Lawrence Police Department and other agencies.

Sanchez's story serves as a cautionary tale about the responsibilities entrusted to officials and the disastrous potential when those responsibilities are breached. As he serves his sentence at home, the press release emphasizes that allegations against the unconvicted defendants remain allegations until proven in court. For those following the story, ongoing updates will likely provide more insight into the scale of this network and its implications for the criminal justice system.