College Park Career Offender Sentenced to over 12 Years in Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine

April 4, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., sentenced Josue Monroy, age 31, of College Park, Maryland, today to 150 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Judge Williams enhanced Monroy’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on two previous drug convictions.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Director in Charge James W. McJunkin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; and Interim Chief Mark Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to Monroy’s guilty plea, on July 30, 2009, a source contacted Monroy at the direction of law enforcement and made arrangements to purchase crack cocaine. The source met Monroy at a gas station in College Park, Maryland and gave Monroy $1,750 in cash in exchange for 62 grams of crack cocaine. On October 22, 2009, law enforcement searched Monroy’s residence in the 10000 block of Baltimore Road in College Park, recovering $14,574 in cash and drug paraphernalia with drug residue. Monroy was arrested and released on home detention with electronic monitoring. During his release, Monroy removed the home monitoring device and, in violation of his release conditions, left the area. He was later found by law enforcement in Massachusetts.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Arun Rao, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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