A Massachusetts man convicted of trafficking large amounts of marijuana from Mendocino County was given a reduced sentence in Boston federal court Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.
David Simmons, 42, of Fairhaven, was found guilty in October 2015 of one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and was sentenced in March 2016 to 51 months in prison plus three years of supervised release. That sentence was reduced Thursday to 33 months in prison plus three years of supervised release.
Simmons was reportedly involved in an eight-person marijuana trafficking conspiracy from 2010 to 2014, shipping “high-grade” marijuana from Mendocino County to Fall River, Mass., where it was sold through a network of distributors.
The conspiracy was led by Edward K. Boyer, a former defense attorney from Fall River who was disbarred after being convicted of bribing a witness, as reported by the Fall River Herald News in 2014. Boyer is credited with operating the cross-country drug trafficking ring involving thousands of pounds of marijuana and millions of dollars, the paper reported.
Boyer was sentenced in February 2016 to 108 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
Simmons and a co-defendant, Paul Pedreira, also established a marijuana grow operation at Simmons’ house, which Boyer helped to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Pedreira was sentenced only to time served, 53 days, and three years of supervised release.
Simmons’ original sentence of 51 months was based on his prior criminal history identifying him as a career offender, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated. But this label…
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