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March 28, 2012
Violations of federal firearms laws alleged

Greensboro, N.C. – United States Attorney Ripley Rand announced today that Noah Hilton METZE, age 45, was indicted yesterday on charges that he violated federal firearms laws.

The Indictment charges METZE with four counts of possession of firearms by a person previously convicted of a felony and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm silencer. METZE lived in Durham at the start of the investigation in 2011 and recently moved to Rougemont, N.C.

On the felon-in-possession charges, METZE faces a maximum penalty of not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. On the other charge, METZE faces a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Person County Sheriff's Office, Durham County Sheriff's Office, Cary Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, Garner Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry Meinecke.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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