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Armed Wilmington Drug Dealer with Sawed-Off Semiautomatic Rifle Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

NEW BERN, N.C. – Ronesha Greene-McNeil, 36, of Wilmington North Carolina, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession of a sawed-off semiautomatic rifle with a 110-round drum magazine.  

According to court documents and other information presented in court, between April 7, 2021, and May 26, 2021, Greene-McNeil, on five separate occasions sold a total of more than a kilogram of methamphetamine to an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent in Brunswick County North Carolina.  On June 7, 2021, Greene-McNeil also sold a 9mm handgun and a sawed-off .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle with a 110-round drum magazine to undercover ATF agents at the same location in Brunswick County.

On June 23, 2021, Greene-McNeil was stopped in a vehicle she was driving for a traffic violation, and, during a search of her vehicle, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies located a kilogram of methamphetamine.

This is part of operation “Golfer” which is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launders, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriffs’ Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo and Gabe Diaz prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:22-CR-00025-FL.

Updated February 15, 2023

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Drug Trafficking