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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Michigan

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Dawn N. Ison
, United States Attorney

Detroit Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Violations

DETROIT – Jeffrey Davis, 50, of Detroit was sentenced in federal court yesterday on charges of drug trafficking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced. Davis was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman to 25 years in prison. Davis has been in custody since his arrest in July 2019.

Ison was joined in the announcement by James Deir, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Detroit Division.

According to court records, Davis was a member of the TuffTeam drug trafficking organization. Davis and three others were responsible for trafficking firearms, fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana from Detroit to Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Morgantown, West Virginia. During the course of the investigation, 23 firearms were seized, including 2 machine guns, along with 69 grams of heroin, 91.99 grams of fentanyl, 215 grams of crack cocaine and more than $10,000 in cash.

“Removing individuals who inflict significant harm on our community by dealing in deadly drugs and high-powered firearms is a top priority,” stated U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison. “This significant sentence should send a clear message to those similarly engaged in such conduct that we will be relentless in our effort to protect our community,” stated Ison. 

“Jeffrey Davis sold poison in our community while armed with a firearm. This sentence should serve as a clear message to all armed drug dealers in Detroit: If you pack an illegal firearm while peddling your poison, you need to pack your bags for prison,” said James Deir, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Detroit Division.

The case was investigated by ATF special agents Sherri Reynolds and Eric Miller. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John O’Brien and Jeanine Brunson.


Detroit Field Division