Convicted drug dealer in trouble again, Decatur police report

DECATUR — A convicted Decatur drug dealer with a string of previous convictions — and who is currently on parole — is in fresh trouble after the cops say they caught him armed with illegal weapons.

A sworn affidavit from the Decatur Police Department said 45-year-old Jack Davis Jr. was arrested Dec. 2 after the car he was a passenger in, and registered to him, was pulled over by patrol officers.



A police dog had alerted them to the presence of drugs and, while searching the car, the affidavit said the cops found loaded .40 caliber and .22 caliber semi-automatic handguns; the .22 weapon checked back as being stolen from a Decatur owner.

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Officer Tanner Brummitt, who signed the affidavit, said police kept digging their way through the vehicle and came up with burnt cannabis residue and more residue that tested positive for cocaine.

“Two fentanyl test strip packages were located in the trunk,” added Brummitt, who said police also seized two cellphones belonging to Davis.

“Jack shows to be a convicted felon, released on parole, and he has no FOID card or concealed carry license,” Brummitt said.

A check of prison records shows that Davis was sentenced to 12 years in prison in July 2011 after being convicted of dealing cocaine in Kane County. In addition, he received another six years for a separate charge of drug dealing and another two years for violation of the Violent Offender Against Youth registration laws.

The defendant was paroled June 11, 2021, and his long criminal record lists previous convictions for five drug dealing offenses. His record also includes convictions out of Cook County for the aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated kidnapping.

Defendant was on his way to Decatur with 2¾ pounds of cocaine, police say

“Jack was previously arrested by the Decatur Police Department on July 11 (2023) and is currently out on bond for the following charges from that arrest: meth delivery, possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance,” Brummitt added.

The new charges after the Dec. 2 Decatur traffic stop include armed violence, being an armed habitual criminal and a felon in possession of a weapon. The defendant was also charged with the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

Davis was ruled too dangerous to be released under the new no-cash bail law and appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Dec. 13, pleading not guilty to all charges.

He remains in the custody of the Macon County Jail and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 7.

President Joe Biden, in cooperation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, announced new international measures to combat the worldwide spread of fentanyl Wednesday.In a press conference following a summit with Chinese President Xi on Wednesday, President Biden announced a bilateral deal with China that will target Chinese chemicals and equipment that go into fentanyl production.”We are restarting cooperation between the United States and the PRC to counter narcotics,” President Biden said Wednesday night. “A lot of people are dying. More people in the United States between the ages of 18-49 die from fentanyl than from guns, car accidents or any other cause, period.””Today, with this new understanding, we’re taking action to significantly reduce the flow of precursor chemicals and pill presses from China to the Western Hemisphere. It’s going to save lives,” Biden said. “President Xi and I tasked our teams to maintain a policy and law enforcement coordination going forward to make sure it works.”SEE MORE: Scripps News Investigates: The silent toll of the fentanyl epidemicThe CDC says drug overdose deaths have increased more than sevenfold from 2015 to 2021. In 2021, more than 70,000 people in the U.S. died from an overdose that involved fentanyl, the highest number ever recorded. Health officials predict 2023 will be worse.The drug was first introduced in the United States in the early 1960s as an anesthetic. China’s involvement today comes from the country’s massive chemical production. U.S. officials have called for international action and increased cooperation against the trafficking of fentanyl and its precursors.”When one government aggressively restricts the precursor chemical, traffickers simply buy it elsewhere. When one country closes off a transit route, traffickers quickly shift to another,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in July. “This is the definition of a problem that no country can solve alone.”President Biden is expected to discuss more international cooperation against trafficking with Mexican officials next week.

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