A two-month drug trafficking investigation ended Monday with the arrest of a 33-year-old man who is described as a "major supplier."
Capt. Gregg Johnson, Carter County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division, said Gary N. Davis was taken into custody without incident at a residence located in the 400 block of C Street NW. Johnson says "an undercover investigation" was the linchpin of the investigation that resulted in Davis' arrest.
"We had been receiving information that Davis was a major supplier in Ardmore and throughout the county — that's what started the investigation two months ago and ended with the undercover operation," he said. "During his arrest, we discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine with a street value of $5,700. We also seized $800 cash."
No weapons were discovered, and Johnson said it did not appear than anyone else occupied the residence.
Tuesday Davis was formally charged with trafficking methamphetamine.
"The weight of the meth recovered during his arrest was enough for the trafficking charge," Johnson explained.
Carter County Undersheriff Milton Anthony described Davis' arrest as a signal the sheriff's department's determination to eradicate illegal drugs remains undeterred.
"Taking drugs and those who distribute them off the streets and out of the rural areas of Carter County remains a top priority," Anthony said. "We will persist. We aren't going to go away, and nothing is going to detract from our efforts. We encourage those living in Carter County to join us by calling us with information about suspicious activity. We do take all reports very seriously."
Davis made an initial appearance in Carter County District Court Tuesday afternoon where a $75,000 bond was set on the charge.
But the felony charge and high-dollar bond weren't the only thing the afternoon brought Davis. Johnson said the CCSD received information a warrant seeking Davis' arrest has been issued in Jefferson County.
"Jefferson County's warrant is for possession of controlled dangerous substance, and Jefferson County has placed a 'hold' on him," he said.
The hold would ensure Davis' immediate transfer to Jefferson County to face the charge there if he should make bond in Carter County. Tuesday evening, CCDC records indicated he remained detained in Carter County.
Davis has a substantial criminal history that includes convictions for burglary and larceny in multiple counties.