Apex couple charged with having more than 50 pounds of marijuana

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMay 14, 2013 

— An Apex bookstore owner and a business sales agent couple were arrested at their home by State Bureau of Investigation agents who charged they had between 50 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana at their home on Willow Trace Court.

Robert Guy Monaco, 48, and Janice Theresa Monaco, 47, live at 8905 Willow Trace Court.

SBI agents arrested them there Monday afternoon, according to arrest reports.

Using a range of drug quantities set in state law, arrest warrants charged the couple manufactured and possessed “50 pounds or more but less than 2,000 pounds” of the drug.

Janice Monaco is the owner of the All Booked Up bookstore at 104-B N. Salem St. in downtown Apex.

Robert Monaco is listed on his arrest report as being in sales for Michael & Son Services, a plumbing company.

Manufacturing and possession are listed separately in two counts of trafficking in marijuana for each of the Monacos.

In addition, the SBI charged that each of the Monacos maintained the house as a place to keep or sell drugs, possessed marijuana with intent to sell and conspired with the other to traffic in the drug.

Drug arrests by the SBI are less common than ones by local police or county sheriff’s deputies, but the state Department of Justice did not return messages asking why the agency was involved in this case.

The two were being held on $200,000 bail each at the Wake County Detention Center pending court appearances Tuesday afternoon.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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