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

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Armed Nash County Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Rocky Mount, North Carolina man was sentenced today to 180 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and fentanyl; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, James Otis Davis, Jr., 33, was named in an Indictment filed on December 16, 2020. On September 21, 2021, Davis entered a plea of guilty.

In July 2019, agents learned that the defendant was selling heroin and fentanyl from hotel rooms in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

On September 16, 2019, agents conducted a controlled purchase of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine from Davis.

Agents then executed a search warrant at the hotel room where the controlled purchase took place. Davis and his 8-month-old child were present. During the execution of the search warrant, agents seized 33 bindles of heroin and fentanyl, cocaine, a digital scale, currency, and a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

On May 6 and June 4, 2020, agents conducted additional controlled purchases of heroin from Davis. On June 4, 2020, agents executed a search warrant on the hotel room Davis was using, and the agents seized 14.52 grams of heroin, cocaine, and a 9mm handgun.

On July 2, 2020, a traffic stop of Davis’s vehicle was conducted. Davis was found in possession of six bindles of heroin and fentanyl.

Davis admitted that he had trafficked more than a kilogram of heroin over the course of approximately six years.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott A. Lemmon prosecuted the case.

This case is also part of the United States Attorney’s Office’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement. For additional information about this initiative, click here

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for case number 5:20-CR-538-M-1.

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Updated November 17, 2021