Man jailed after drug bust


James Otis Davis Jr.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Rocky Mount man with a prior criminal record is behind bars on illegal drug-related charges — and a charge of child abuse — after law enforcement officers earlier this week seized cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and a handgun from a hotel room on the north side of the city.

James Otis Davis Jr., 30, was arrested on Monday after the Nash County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit and deputies responded to numerous complaints about narcotics at the American Express Inn in the 300 block of Mosley Court just off North Wesleyan Boulevard, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a press release.

A search of the room resulted in the discovery of multiple dosage units of heroin, multiple baggies of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, all packaged for sale, and a .380-caliber gun, Medina said.

Additionally, Davis had been accompanied by his young child and the contraband and the gun, which was not secured, were found in close proximity to the child, Medina said.

Davis is charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, Medina said.

Davis also is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor child abuse, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Medina said.

Custody of the child was turned over to a responsible family member and Davis, of the 100 block of Carson Drive, was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center, Medina said.

State Public Safety records show Davis was placed on probation for two years after being convicted in July 2018 in Nash County for possession of illegal drugs.

The public safety records also show Davis was convicted in May 2007 in Edgecombe County for resisting an officer.