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Duplin brothers plead guilty to running meth ring

Posted February 2, 2011

— Two brothers were sentenced to prison Monday in what federal prosecutors described as a decade-long conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Duplin and Sampson counties.

John Ashley Davis, 43, of Faison, and Kenneth Webster Davis, 48, of Clinton, both pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and posses with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

John Davis was sentenced to nine years in prison, and Kenneth Davis to five years. Both prison sentences will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Prosecutors said that the Davis brothers collected ingredients for meth, cooked it, used it themselves and distributed it to others from 1998 to 2010.

"From individuals who cook methamphetamine to those providing the necessary ingredients which make the manufacture possible, each perpetuates the devastation caused by this poison remaining in our district," U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement Wednesday.

"The incarceration of such persons removes them from the communities which they have harmed for many years," he added.

John and Kenneth Davis were arrested as part of "Operation Fire Ants" to target meth distributors in and around Duplin County, prosecutors said. The operation has led to the arrest and conviction of more than 30 people on federal drug charges.


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  • fj28328 Feb 8, 2011

    They probably had no choice but to plea guilty.

  • angel1961 Feb 8, 2011

    Comment of the brothers making meth. First I would say "BELIEVE NONE OF WHAT YOU HEAR AND HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE" It says it was 10 years conspiracy. How do they know? I guess they new there every move every second of the day. It also says that it was investigated by the Duplin county sheriffs, Sampson county sheriffs, that's a laugh if the truth was known Duplin county needs a little investigation of there own. If I remember correctly there was someone on the drug team that arrested one of the brothers was fired. Something sounds fishy…..
    I have been following this back since they got arrested in 2008 I believe. They mentioned about the poison being in the community and the hazards to peoples health. Well I heard that the house they got the meth lab in they did nothing to it and the people are living back in it. So if its harmful to people why did they let the people go back and live there again. I hear of houses being condemned from meth labs. Why wasn’t this one if there rea

  • Mugu Feb 2, 2011

    Wow, that is very little time in prison, thieves get more time than that... one alleged thief got over a thousand years in prison by that corrupt federal judge Lacy Thornburg.

  • gotsomesense Feb 2, 2011


    Amen, unless someone is a minor or held at gunpoint to do any kind of drug then they need to be responsible for their own actions and stop blaming "the man". I have seen murderers and child abusers of all kinds get much less time, which is a travesty. We should take the money wasted on the "war on drugs" and put it to good use in the education system. Alcohol claims many more lives, yet it's legal and we make plenty of tax money on it. Hypocrites!

  • mochabrown Feb 2, 2011

    Need to check Wayne Co., also.

  • hdsoftail Feb 2, 2011

    Why is it a joke for the prison time? They didnt kill anyone. Ive seen worse crimes committed for a lot less prison time. Besides Each person makes the decision to do drugs. No one forces them.

  • imdicktrickle Feb 2, 2011

    Yawn. That's a lot of crank for just a little time.

  • Guitarman Feb 2, 2011

    All they need is love. They will find it in the big house

  • luvwhljr.neways Feb 2, 2011

    Why did it take so long? Could it be to whom they are related?

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Feb 2, 2011

    The incarceration of such persons removes them from the communities which they have harmed for many years," he added.

    Haha, that is a joke and an insult, 9 and 5 years, that's it, they will be released before their time is up. How disgusting, just think of all the lives that have been affected by their actions.