Judge denies bond reduction

May. 13, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

A 44-year-old habitual felon convicted of federal fraud charges and facing drug trafficking charges in Vance County was denied a bond reduction in Vance County District Court on Monday.

Mark A. Davis, of 744 Parham Road, is scheduled to appear in court on May 22 after District Court Judge Carolyn Yancey denied a request to reduce his bond from $127,000.

He is represented by defense attorney Nick Bagshawe.

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.

His girlfriend and co-defendant, LaWanda Ragland, was arrested April 10 on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substances. She was released after posting $80,000 bond but did not appear at her scheduled court date on April 21.

A warrant for her arrest was issued on April 22 and she is still at large, according to Lt. Alan Hedgepeth of the Henderson Police Department.

Her new bond is set at $150,000.

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, statements for credit card and bank accounts, drivers licenses, tax information and correspondence — from residential mailboxes in order to obtain personal information, according to the federal grand jury indictment.

They then used this personal information to steal identities.

On Aug. 30, 2013, Davis and Ragland each pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge William A. Webb in U.S. 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.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.