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North Carolina man sentenced to 40 years in prison for trafficking drugs out of in-home day care

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Reshod Jamar Everett, a North Carolina man, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on Friday. According to the Department of Justice, the 36-year-old ran a drug trafficking operation out of his in-home day care.

Everett and his wife, Victoria, operated a day care out of their North Carolina home called “Tori’s Playhouse.” In May, a jury found Everett guilty of six felony drug trafficking and firearms-related charges.

The investigation started in July 2018 when law enforcement searched a vehicle owned by co-defendant Alvin Milton Davis. His vehicle was parked near an apartment that Everett allegedly used to distribute drugs. Inside the car, authorities found marijuana, cocaine, and a handgun.

Lt. Douglas Nicolosi with Fayetteville Police Department told WNCN, “Work one investigation, it will lead to another one, and so on. Throughout the course of the investigations, it led us to the apartments.”

That same day, authorities obtained a search warrant for the apartment. Law enforcement discovered that Davis was listed as an authorized occupant of the apartment. Inside the unit, they seized more than 36 pounds of marijuana, more than 300 grams of cocaine, and two firearms.

Law enforcement then obtained a search warrant for Everett’s primary residence. When authorities searched the home day care, they seized $65,000, eight firearms, ammunition, THC edibles, THC wax, tramadol, and drug-packaging materials.

The day after searching the suspect’s home, law enforcement investigated a storage unit used by Everett. Inside the unit, they discovered more than 65 pounds of marijuana.

WNCN reported that Everett accused authorities of framing him. The accusations launched an internal investigation.

During Everett’s trial, prosecutors found that he had attempted to obstruct justice several times. He was accused of providing false testimony under oath, bribing or threatening others to give false testimony, attempting to intimidate witnesses, and initiating a social media campaign to falsely accuse the Fayetteville Police Department and Cumberland County district attorney’s office of misconduct.

“Despite Everett’s best efforts to undermine the public trust in our local law enforcement partners, investigators were able to build a comprehensive case demonstrating that he was responsible for distributing vast quantities of illegal drugs in the Fayetteville area,” stated U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Michael Easley. “The fact that he stored drugs, cash, and loaded, high-powered AR rifles at an in-home day care further underscores the danger that Everett presented to the community at large.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge Bennie Mims said, “Large quantities of drugs and multiple firearms – many of which were loaded and ready to fire – were recovered within a business that served parents and children.” He referred to it as a “tragedy waiting to happen.”

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