North Carolina man who operated in-home daycare convicted by federal jury on drug, firearm charges

Published 2:59 pm Monday, May 16, 2022

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina, has reported that on May 10, 2022, Reshod Jamar Everett, 36, of Cumberland County, was found guilty by a federal jury on six felony drug and firearm offenses.

The charges arose from Everett’s armed drug trafficking operation that he ran from his home, which he also operated as a daycare center, stated the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Agents seized drugs, more than $65,000 and eight loaded firearms from the home, including loaded high-powered rifles.

“Armed drug trafficking poses a significant danger to the community, particularly when loaded guns and drugs are stored at an in-home daycare,” said Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “I am proud of our trial team and investigative partners with the Fayetteville Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Internal Revenue Service,” Easley said.

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Everett was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, five kilograms or more of cocaine and a quantity of tetrahydrocannabinol; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana and a quantity of cocaine, and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and a quantity of tramadol; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, and aiding and abetting; and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and information presented at trial, Everett was charged by superseding indictment on August 18, 2021.

According to the release, investigators with the Fayetteville Police Department determined in 2018 that Everett was distributing large amounts of controlled substances in the Fayetteville area, including from an apartment in Fayetteville.

Agents conducted a traffic stop on July 16, 2018 of a Cadillac driven by co-defendant Alvin Milton Davis III as it left the apartment complex. According to the release, agents found marijuana, cocaine and a loaded handgun with an extended magazine in the vehicle. The same day, agents obtained a search warrant for the apartment and seized more than 36 pounds of marijuana, more than 300 grams of cocaine and a loaded CZ Scorpion firearm. The apartment was leased by Everett with Davis listed as an authorized occupant.

Investigators then determined that Everett’s primary residence was a different address in Fayetteville and that he and his wife operated an in-home daycare in the residence.

“On July 17, 2018, agents obtained a search warrant, and in the house, agents seized more than $65,000, eight firearms, ammunition, and THC edibles,” stated the release. “The firearms included handguns and high-powered rifles, including a PS90 rifle and a loaded DPMS Arms rifle with the selector switch set to ‘fire.’ A witness testified that the PS90 rifle was powerful enough to pierce body armor.”

Agents seized almost 300 grams of concentrated THC wax, tramadol and drug packaging materials from a detached shed. “Investigators then identified a storage unit used by Everett,” the release continued. “A search warrant was issued for the storage unit, and on July 18, 2018, it was found to contain more than 65 pounds of marijuana.”

Witness testimony established that Everett was responsible for more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and more than five kilograms of cocaine, as well as a quantity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), stated the release.

Davis was previously convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 11 years.

Sentencing for Everett is scheduled to occur during the court’s August 22, 2022 term of court. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment.

Easley made the announcement. The Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and the Internal Revenue Service assisted at trial. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Lemmon and Caroline Webb prosecuted the case.