A Raleigh man accused of heroin and cocaine trafficking this year and selling MDMA last year was returned from California on Monday to face those and numerous other charges.
Javon Antonio Banks, 39, was being held on $1.6 million bail after a contractor working for the state Department of Public Safety drove him from a Los Angeles County Jail to Raleigh. He was set for a Tuesday court appearance.
Los Angeles authorities arrested Banks early this month on warrants police had sworn out in late June and in mid-July, Raleigh police said. He waived extradition proceedings on Aug. 15, agreeing to be brought back to Wake County.
According to arrest warrants, Banks had 34 grams of cocaine and 54 grams of heroin on June 28, though police did not reveal in the arrest warrants how they knew that. Those quantities of the drugs allow police to charge trafficking,a more serious felony that possession with intent to sell.
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Police also charged Banks with keeping a house at 2812 Filbert St. to keep heroin, cocaine and marijuana, with having more than 1.5 ounces of marijuana and with having drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. Southeast Raleigh High School is two blocks from Filbert Street.
In their arrest warrants, obtained June 29, police said Banks lived at the house. However, he gave an address of 2120 Ruark St, an apartment building, when he was turned over to Wake County jailers on Monday.
On Monday, a judge issued warrants for Banks’ arrest because he had missed court dates that stemmed from his June 23 arrest on charges of assaulting a female, assault with a deadly weapon and assault by strangulation 10 days earlier.
The judge rescheduled that appearance for next week.
On June 29, the day police took out warrants charging Banks with using the Filbert Street house, they arrested another man, Ronald Williams, 60, on charges that he kept the same drugs in the same house. He was arrested in downtown Raleigh, and he was still in custody Tuesday in lieu of $785,000 bail.
The charges that Banks sold MDMA, also known as Molly, to the informant date from November 2015. Police swore out arrest warrants July 13, but they list the sales dates as Nov. 5 and Nov. 10.
Two other charges from November accused Banks of using a 2014 Chevrolet to keep and sell drugs then.