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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dunn Man Sentenced To 77 Months For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced TAUREAN RAHSAAN DAVIS, 27, of Dunn to 77 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

DAVIS was named in an Indictment filed on June 10, 2014, charging him with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. On November 3, 2014, DAVIS pled guilty to the charge. 

On February 27, 2014, an officer with the Dunn Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by DAVIS.  The officer approached the passenger side of the vehicle and observed a box of bullets under DAVIS’ leg.  The officer recognized DAVIS as a felon.  DAVIS indicated that there was a jar of marijuana under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  The officer seized a jar containing 36 baggies of marijuana (29.99 grams of marijuana) and a .22 caliber pistol loaded with 6 rounds of ammunition adjacent to the marijuana from under the driver’s seat, as well as a box of ammunition and a digital scale.  

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Dunn Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted the case for the government. 

Updated June 9, 2016