For Immediate Release - December 22, 2009

Sharon Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Serve at Least Three Years in Prison in Connection with Distributing Over 50 Pounds of Marijuana

WOBURN - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced that a Sharon man pled guilty in Middlesex Superior Court yesterday in connection with his role in a large-scale marijuana distribution ring operating throughout the greater Boston area. Jeremy Katz, age 30, pled guilty to charges of Trafficking in Marijuana between 50-100 lbs (4 counts), Distribution of Marijuana (2 counts), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (2 counts), and Conspiracy to Traffic between 100-2,000 lbs.

Immediately after the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard sentenced Katz to serve three to four years in State Prison on the charges of Trafficking in Marijuana and Conspiracy to Traffic between 100-2,000 pounds of marijuana. On the charges of Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Katz was sentenced to serve two years in the House of Correction. All of the sentences will run concurrently.

From November 2004 through January 2005, the Massachusetts State Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division, conducted an investigation into a hydroponic marijuana importation and distribution organization operating within the greater Boston area. Throughout the investigation, police monitored numerous cell phone conversations and text messages on various mobile phones and discovered that Katz, with the aid of co-defendants Joshua Katz, Robert McCormick, Kory Arquette and Thomas Cataloni, was importing large amounts of marijuana and distributing it to various locations throughout the state. On January 22, 2005, State Police executed ten search warrants at multiple locations in connection with this case. The drugs seized in this investigation totaled over 100 pounds of hydroponic marijuana. Further investigation revealed that Katz was responsible for distributing over 50 pounds of the seized marijuana. Katz was placed under arrest at the scene of the marijuana seizure.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Katz on March 31, 2005. He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on April 8, 2005, where he entered a plea of not guilty and was subsequently released on $25,000 bail. Yesterday, Katz entered a change of plea to guilty and was sentenced.

On March 31, 2005, a Middlesex Grand Jury also returned indictments against co-defendants Joshua Katz, Robert McCormick, Kory Arquette and Thomas Cataloni. On July 16, 2009, Joshua Katz pled guilty in the middle of his trial and was sentenced on July 30, 2009, to serve two and a half years in the House of Correction. On June 2, 2009, another co-defendant, Robert McCormick, pled guilty in connection with his role in the case and was sentenced on June 9, 2009 to serve three to four years in State Prison. Another co-defendant, Kory Arquette, pled guilty on April 7, 2009, and was sentenced to serve one year in the House of Correction.

A case is still pending against one of the co-defendants, Thomas Cataloni. He is scheduled for a status conference on March 9, 2010, in Middlesex Superior Court.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Michael Ahearn and Patrick Hanley, both of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.

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