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Recidivist Felon Sentenced to 17 Years for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee


Jackson, TN – Jeffery Lee Davis, 58, of Trenton, Tennessee, has been sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute more than 5 grams of actual methamphetamine. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in Court, on July 6, 2017, agents with the 28th Judicial District Drug Task Force, as well as deputies with Gibson Co. Sheriff's Office, were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the defendant, Jeffery Lee Davis, at his home in Trenton, Tennessee.

Prior to entering Davis's home, an agent observed Davis sitting at a desk weighing methamphetamine on a set of digital scales. Also in plain view were two clear plastic bags containing approximately 13 grams of methamphetamine. Law enforcement entered the home and took Davis into custody. While searching Davis, agents found another clear plastic bag containing 14 grams of methamphetamine. Davis later admitted that the drugs were his and this offense was his "third-strike."

On May 8, 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Chemical Analysis Report confirming the drugs contained 27 grams of actual methamphetamine with a 98% purity level.

In January, 2020, Davis proceeded to trial where a jury convicted him of possession with the intent to distribute more than 5 grams of actual methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). In addition to the evidence concerning the July 6, 2017 incident, the government also presented evidence concerning Davis's sale of methamphetamine to an individual at his home on February 28, 2017. Testifying in his own defense, Davis attempted to place the blame on other individuals for his conduct on

July 6 and February 28, 2017. The jury rejected Davis's claims and returned a guilty verdict against him.

Davis has an extensive criminal history, including four prior felony convictions involving the manufacturing and/or distribution of methamphetamine, as well as convictions for assault and burglary.

On September 18, 2020, Chief U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Davis to 210 months imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release. Chief Judge Anderson also found that Davis obstructed justice in this case by testifying falsely at trial, and that he used his residence for the purpose of storing and distributing methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Davis is a recidivist drug offender who was destroying this rural community by his sale of highly potent and poisonous drugs, and despite his refusal to accept responsibility, his prior felony convictions have finally caught up with him. This sentence removing him from the community for 17 years is just punishment for the countless people he has victimized with his repeated criminal conduct."

The 28th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Josh Morrow and Matt Wilson prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


Updated September 22, 2020