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Bismarck Man Convicted of Felon in Possession Charge

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

BISMARCK– U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Sept. 6, 2013, Dylan A. Romero, 34, Bismarck, N.D., was found guilty by a federal jury on a charge of possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

In August 2012, law enforcement officials received information that a prohibited person, known as “Twist,” was interested in obtaining a handgun. “Twist,” identified as Dylan Romero, contacted an undercover ATF agent and arrangements were made for Romero to obtain a handgun and $600 for an ounce of cocaine. The undercover ATF agent met with Romero on Sept. 26, 2012, in Bismarck. Romero provided the agent with an ounce of fake cocaine and Romero took the gun, which was locked and disabled. Law enforcement officials immediately arrested Romero.

Romero was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to eight felony convictions, including the following: 1998 burglary, 2001 possession of controlled substance (cocaine), 2009 delivery of imitation controlled substance, and 2009 possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

The charge of possession of firearm by a convicted felon carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force, the Bismarck Police Department, the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office, the North Dakota Parole and Probation Office, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Sentencing for Romero has been scheduled for Dec. 16, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D., at 9:45 a.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 29, 2015