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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Raeford Man Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison For Firearms Charge

Undercover Operation Led to Conviction of Father and Son

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Raeford man who sold firearms while on felony state probation was sentenced to federal prison today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

DELTON OMEZ MONROE, age 34, pleaded guilty on October 11, 2018, to one count of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon. MONROE was sentenced by United States District Judge Loretta C. Biggs to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. His father, ROBERT JUNIOR MONROE was convicted on May 14, 2018, of possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and sentenced on August 31, 2018, to 18 months in prison by United States District Court Judge William L. Osteen Jr.

After investigators were told that stolen firearms were being sold from a Raeford home, they began using a confidential informant to buy firearms from that location. On February 12, 2018, ROBERT JUNIOR MONROE, then a convicted felon, sold firearms to the confidential informant, saying he was selling those guns for his son who was on probation but was not present because he was doing a three-day term in jail. Investigators determined that ROBERT JUNIOR MONROE was referring to DELTON OMEZ MONROE, who was in fact serving a three-day jail term on February 12, 2018, based on prior state felony narcotics convictions.

When the confidential informant returned to the house on February 16, 2018, he paid DELTON OMEZ MONROE $910 in exchange for a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver and a Spike’s Tactical .223 rifle. On February 23, 2018, the confidential informant again went to DELTON OMEZ MONROE’S residence and paid him $1,240 in exchange for a RomArm/Cugir 7.62x39mm rifle, a Rock Island Armory .45-caliber pistol, and a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, and the Raeford Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy for the Middle District of North Carolina.

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Updated April 23, 2019