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Faison suspects facing charges for meth

By Nelson Bland
Published in News on January 8, 2010 1:46 PM

KENANSVILLE -- Two Faison area brothers could face up to life in prison if convicted on federal drug charges, Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace announced Thursday at a news conference at the sheriff's office.

Wallace said the brothers, John Ashley Davis, no age available, of 539 Emmett Jackson Road, Faison, and Kenneth Webster Davis, no age available, of 101 King Road, Clinton, were arrested on federal warrants. He said each was booked for conspiracy to manufacture and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a "mixture of substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine," commonly called "meth."

The arrest of the Davis brothers took place last week, Wallace said.

"They were arrested federally on the charges, and these are pretty serious charges," Wallace said. "If they are found guilty, they face 10 years to life in federal prison."

As of Thursday, both Davis brothers were incarcerated at the federal detention center in Wilmington, Wallace said.

Amounts of bonds were not immediately available.

"An undercover operation went on for some time and the warrants were issued by a federal grand jury," Wallace said. "John Davis was taken into custody at a traffic stop on highway N.C. 50 near Faison, and Kenneth Davis was arrested at his home."

Wallace said more information surrounding the charges could not be released since federal officials were still investigating the matter.

"This is a major case," he said. "These arrests were the result of a cooperative effort between officers of the federal Drug Enforcement Adminis-tration out of Wilmington and the Duplin County Drug Task Force."