BOSTON – A former Somerville man was sentenced on Aug. 4, 2022 in federal court in Boston for his role in a cross-country methamphetamine conspiracy and illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.
Antonio Gribaudo, a/k/a “Tony,” 41, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. to 50 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Gribaudo was also ordered to pay forfeiture of $5,300. In November 2020, Gribaudo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance or mixture containing methamphetamine and one count of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.
In November 2018, Gribaudo was introduced to Brandon Greenberg, a methamphetamine supplier living in Phoenix. Between November 2018 and July 23, 2019, Greenberg mailed more than 30 methamphetamine packages through the United States mail to Gribaudo and Gribaudo’s girlfriend and co-conspirator Mary Stout at their apartments in Boston and Somerville. Upon receipt of the drugs, Gribaudo and Stout then distributed the methamphetamine to their customers. One of Gribaudo and Stout’s customers was co-conspirator Aaron Smith, who later contributed funds with Gribaudo and Stout to purchase the methamphetamine from Greenberg and distributed the narcotics in the Boston area.
In April 2019, a parcel mailed from Phoenix and addressed for delivery to Stout was intercepted by law enforcement and found to contain 887.1 grams of “ice” methamphetamine. This methamphetamine was later determined to be 99% pure. Investigators subsequently determined that Gribaudo, Stout and Smith had contributed funds toward the purchase of this methamphetamine and that the parcel had been mailed by an individual acting on Greenberg’s behalf.
In July 2019, Gribaudo left a backpack with a loaded firearm at a blackjack table inside an Everett casino.. During a search of Gribaudo’s storage unit in September 2019, investigators recovered 50 rounds of ammunition and a small quantity of additional methamphetamine.
On Oct. 28, 2021, Greenberg was sentenced to 50 months in prison. On Feb. 17, 2022, Smith was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. On June 22, 2022, Stout was sentenced to time-served and five years of supervised release.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division; Melissa Llosa, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Phoenix Division; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long made the announcement today. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Arlington Police Department, and Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Arnold of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.