North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug distribution, firearm charges

Published 10:51 am Sunday, February 13, 2022

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A Raleigh man was sentenced February 4, 2022 to 120 months in prison for drug trafficking and firearms crimes, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Romel Lamont Talton, 38, pleaded guilty on October 21, 2021 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 was charged after selling quantities of cocaine base (crack) to undercover officers.

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“A search of Talton’s residence recovered additional quantities of narcotics, an unlawfully-possessed firearm, and drug proceeds,” stated the release. “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.