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November 29, 2016  
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High Speed Chase Leads to Indictment of “Large Scale Gun Toting Cocaine Trafficker” in Ohio

NOV 29 (CLEVELAND, Ohio) – A five-count indictment was filed in federal court charging a Summit County, Ohio man for illegally possessing nearly 80 pounds of cocaine and firearms.

Jerry J. Davis, Jr., 35, of New Franklin, Ohio was indicted on two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and one count of being felon in possession of a firearm. 

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and officers from Akron Police Department executed a traffic stop of Davis in Akron on November 1. Davis initially stopped but then drove away, leading the officers on a high-speed chase. Davis crashed his car into a light pole and then ran from officers. He was arrested after he jumped from a bridge, falling 30 feet to the ground, according to court documents.

Officers recovered nearly 11 kilograms of cocaine and a loaded .40-caliber handgun from Davis’ vehicle, according to court documents.

Later that day, investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Summit County Drug Unit, Akron Police Department, and FBI executed a search warrant on Davis’ house in New Franklin. They recovered approximately an additional 25 kilograms of cocaine, a .40 model 30 handgun, a Springfield .45-caliber handgun, ammunition, and approximately $67,658 in cash, according to court documents. 

Davis is forbidden by law from having a firearm because of numerous felony convictions, including for sexual battery, heroin possession and other crimes, according to court documents.

“The seizure of 36 kilograms is significant and is an indication that cocaine abuse continues to plague society,” said Timothy Plancon, Special Agent-in-Charge of DEA’s Detroit Office, which oversees Ohio. “Halting the activities of a large-scale, gun toting, cocaine trafficker is a victory for the citizens of Akron and the surrounding communities, and was achieved thanks to the significant communication and cooperation of all of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies involved.”

“This investigation is a great example of law enforcement working together to get drugs and guns off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon.

“Our working relationships with our state, local and federal partners continue to benefit the City of Akron in successes such as this,” said Akron Police Chief James Nice.

This investigation was conducted by the Akron Police Department Narcotics Unit and the DEA, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron P. Howell.           

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove each defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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