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

Published 10:03 am Sunday, February 19, 2023

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Ronesha Greene-McNeil, 36, of Wilmington, 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 a February 15, 2023 press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

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.

“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,” stated the release. “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.”

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The case 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,” stated the release.

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.