Stephen J. Hall II, 28, of Greenfield pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court today and was sentenced to 8 years in state prison in connection with the August 21, 2018, seizure of over 12,000 bags of heroin weighing in excess of 210 grams and with money laundering.
Hall pleaded guilty to the following charges:
· Improper storage of a firearm
· Trafficking in heroin/morphine/opium
· Possession of a firearm without an FID card
· Possession of ammunition without an FID card
· Money laundering
“The August 21, 2018, seizure of over 12,000 bags of heroin weighing in excess of 210 grams represents the most significant seizure of heroin within the Northwestern District in recent memory, said Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Bucci, Chief Trial Counsel for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.
The subsequent investigation into money laundering by Stephen J. Hall II revealed that he had over $235,000 cash that he had accumulated as a direct result of his distribution of heroin primarily throughout Franklin County.
“Those ill-gotten gains have been secured by investigators working with the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force pending a Superior Court forfeiture action,” Bucci said.
“The scope of his drug distribution and money laundering operation coupled with the fact that Stephen J Hall II also had an unsecured firearm led to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office recommending one of the most significant prison sentences for drug distribution we have requested in the past eight years.”
“Today, justice was done when Mr. Hall II accepted responsibility for his actions and received a state prison sentence of eight years to eight years and one day, “Bucci said.
“We are particularly proud of the work the case agent, Task Force Officer, Detective Kevin Rowell, did during this investigation. We continue to be appreciative of the entire Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force and their tireless work protecting our community against those who poison and endanger us with heroin and illegally possessed firearms. Their unrelenting work in this case was impressive and has stopped a major heroin distributor in Franklin County.”