News Release
May 18, 2007

151-Month Prison Sentence For a Career Offender Who Planned
to Manufacturer Methamphetamine

MAY 18 -- A federal judge today sentenced Gregory M. Thompson, of Warwick, to 151 months in federal prison for a scheme to manufacture methamphetamine on a codefendant's property in Coventry. In October, federal agents and state police detectives seized chemicals and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine from the codefendant's house and from a shed behind it. The codefendant, Roger A. Murray, is scheduled to be sentenced next week. June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente announced the sentence, which Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi imposed in U.S. District Court, Providence.

Because of a long criminal record that includes several drug trafficking convictions, Thompson was sentenced as a career offender, which subjected him to a longer sentence than his offenses would otherwise have called for. Both men pleaded guilty to federal methamphetamine charges in February. At the plea hearings, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary E. Rogers said the government could prove that, on October 3, state police detectives from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Laboratory Team executed a search warrant at Murray's home on Shady Valley Road. From the house, they seized 16 pint bottles of iodine, and from a shed, 120 capsules of ephedrine, a large container of drain cleaner, an acidity tester, and other materials used to make methamphetamine. Murray admitted that he was allowing Thompson to use the shed to make meth and that he had agreed to allow the iodine to be delivered to his house. Murray also said that Thompson planned to send extracted ephedrine to an unidentified person in California.

Later that day, agents found a package of phosphorous under the bed of Thompson' home in Warwick. Phosphorous is also used in the manufacture of meth. Murray, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possessing equipment, chemicals, and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, and possessing iodine, intending to use it to manufacture methamphetamine. Thompson, 49, pleaded guilty to those charges, and an additional charge of possessing ephedrine, intending to use it to manufacture methamphetamine.

Murray is detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 25.

The Rhode Island State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation jointly lead the HIDTA Task Force, and detectives from several Rhode Island police departments are assigned to it. The DEA Clandestine Laboratory Team consists of agents who are specially trained to deal with the hazards associated with clandestine laboratories that are used to manufacture illegal drugs.