Former Soldier Receives 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking Ketamine and Laundering More than $700,000
RALEIGH, N.C. – A Raleigh man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for drug trafficking and firearms crimes. On October 21, 2021, Romel Lamont Talton pled guilty to charges of distributing a controlled substance (cocaine base) and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court documents and other information presented in court, Talton, 38, was charged after selling quantities of cocaine base (crack) to undercover officers. A search of Talton’s residence recovered additional quantities of narcotics, an unlawfully-possessed firearm, and drug proceeds. Talton has numerous prior convictions for drug distribution in North Carolina and Connecticut.
Michael F. Easley, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Raleigh Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fitzgerald 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. 5:21-cr-00061-D-1.