Davis faces drug trafficking charges

May. 05, 2014 @ 07:21 PM

A 44-year-old Henderson man facing marijuana trafficking charges and a pending federal detainer will return to Vance County District Court on May 12.

Mark A. Davis, of 744 Parham Road, Henderson, is scheduled to appear in court next week for the probable cause hearing, said Assistant District Attorney Bill Griffin.

Nick Bagshawe represents Davis.

Davis was arrested April 10 on charges of trafficking marijuana, possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The Henderson Police Department and Vance County Sheriff’s Office seized 52 pounds of marijuana, a marijuana grow operation, several firearms, money and drug-related paraphernalia during a search of the residence at 744 Parham Road.

He has been held at Vance County jail on $127,000 bond.

Griffin said Judge Amanda E. Stevenson denied Davis’ request for a reduced bond because of the federal detainer, which indicates federal charges are pending.

A federal detainer requires state and local agencies to alert federal authorities before releasing a person from jail.

Davis was arrested with his girlfriend Lawanda J. Ragland, who faces one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substances.

The couple was indicted by a federal grand jury with one count of conspiring to commit offenses against the United States; one count of access device fraud; one count of aggravated identity theft; and 11 counts of possessing stolen mail.

From around May 2008 to January 2012, Davis and Ragland would steal mail — which included credit cards, credit card and bank account statements, drivers licenses, tax information, and correspondence — from residential mailboxes in order to obtain person information, according to the federal grand jury indictment.

They then used this personal information to steal identities, obtaining unauthorized credit cards for their personal gain.

On Aug. 30, 2013, Davis and Ragland pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge William A. Webb in federal District Court in Raleigh to one count of conspiring to commit offenses against the United States.

They are both scheduled for sentencing June 3 in New Bern before District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan.


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