United States District Court, E.D. North Carolina
Joseph Ryan Griffin
PETITION FOR ACTION ON SUPERVISED RELEASE
MALCOLM J. HOWARD SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
NOW C. Lee Meeks, Jr., U.S. Probation Officer of the court,
presenting a petition for modification of the Judgment and
Commitment Order of Joseph Ryan Griffin, who, upon an earlier
plea of guilty to Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a
Drug Trafficking Crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §
924(c)(1)(A), Possession of a Stolen Firearm, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 922(j), and two counts of Aiding and
Abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2, was sentenced
by the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, Senior U.S. District
Judge, on August 14, 2012, to the custody of the Bureau of
Prisons for a term of 72 months. It was further ordered that
upon release from imprisonment the defendant be placed on
supervised release for a period of 60 months.
Ryan Griffin was released from custody on November 30, 2016,
at which time the term of supervised release commenced.
December 18, 2017, the court approved a Violation Report
agreeing to take no action after the defendant submitted to
urinalysis that returned positive for illegal drug use, and
was in arrears on his court indebtedness. Griffin was
referred for substance abuse counseling as a result of the
positive drug test.
August 6, 2018, the court approved a Petition for Action on
Supervised Release ordering the defendant adhere to a 30-day
curfew with electronic monitoring after the defendant
submitted to urinalysis that returned positive for illegal
drug use. Increased substance abuse counseling was also
PRESENTING PETITION FOR ACTION OF COURT FOR CAUSE AS
FOLLOWS: On April 8, 2019, the defendant submitted
to urinalysis that returned positive for marijuana and
cocaine. When confronted with the violation, the defendant
admitted to the validity of the test results and reported he
had not been attending substance abuse treatment as
instructed. The defendant also expressed ongoing issues with
anxiety/depression. As a result of the violation conduct, the
probation officer is using cognitive behavior interventions
to address Griffin's thinking.
April 15, 2019, the probation officer attended a substance
abuse counseling session with Griffin where it was
recommended he participate in the Substance Abuse Intensive
Outpatient Program at PORT Health Services in Morehead City,
North Carolina. The defendant was also scheduled to meet with
a doctor to address his anxiety/depression.
defendant continues to reside with his grandmother and
remains employed part-time with a tree trimming company.
However, Griffin remains in arrears on the court
indebtedness. The probation officer is continuing to pursue a
garnishment order with the defendant's employer, and will
continue to monitor the defendant's efforts to submit
timely payments as instructed.
sanction for testing positive for illegal substances and not
attending substance abuse counseling as instructed, the
probation officer respectfully recommends the conditions of
supervision be amended to include 30 days home detention with
electronic monitoring. Additionally, in consideration of the
defendant's financial status, it is recommended the
government pay for the electronic monitoring services.
defendant signed a Waiver of Hearing agreeing to the proposed
modification of supervision.
THAT THE COURT WILL ORDER that supervised release be
modified as follows:
defendant shall abide by all conditions and terms of the home
detention program for a period not to exceed 30 consecutive
days. The defendant shall be restricted to their residence at
all times except for pre-approved and scheduled absences for
employment, education, religious activities, treatment,
attorney visits, court appearances, court obligations or
other activities as approved by the probation officer. The
defendant shall submit to the following Location Monitoring:
Radio Frequency monitoring and abide by all program
requirements, instructions and procedures provided by the
as herein modified, the judgment shall remain in ...