Crime

Brothers face cocaine-trafficking charges after Wake County investigation

Donnie Donte Jeffreys (L) and Justin Montrell Jeffreys (R)
Donnie Donte Jeffreys (L) and Justin Montrell Jeffreys (R) CCBI

A Franklin County man who was first convicted of drug possession 12 years ago and his younger brother are each being held on $1 million bail on cocaine-trafficking charges after what Wake County sheriff's investigators said was a cocaine purchase in Alamance County and a car chase in which one of the pair “was throwing large amounts of cocaine” out of their car.

Early Friday, Donnie Dontez Jeffreys, 26, turned himself in to deputies at the Wake County Detention Center on Hammond Road, according to records.

The investigators had arrested Justin Montrell Jeffreys, 29, on Oct. 13, after the car wrecked at Six Forks Road and Selby Drive, they said.

Donnie Jeffreys was driving and was able to get away from the wreck on foot, investigators said. Justin Jeffreys tried to run, but he was caught, according to statements the investigators made in asking for search warrants for two houses associated with him.

Justin Jeffreys told officials after the wreck that he had bought 2 kilograms of cocaine in the Burlington area during the trip west, deputies said they had followed the brothers both ways, then tried to stop them for a traffic violation back in Wake County.

During the chase, the search warrant applications said, Donnie Jeffreys was driving and Justin Jeffreys was “hanging out of the passenger side window throwing large amounts of cocaine out on the roadway.”

The investigators found 220 grams of cocaine in the car, they wrote.

The trafficking charges against the brothers assert that they had more than 400 grams of cocaine, the threshold for the highest-level trafficking charge.

Deputies also accused them of conspiring with each other to traffic in the drug. They accused Donnie Jeffreys of fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude authorities and Justin Jeffreys of resisting arrest.

In applying for their search warrants, deputies said the sheriff’s office began investigating the “Justin Jeffreys narcotics trafficking organization” during the summer.

In late September, the warrant applications said, deputies got a tip that the brothers were going to pay $64,000 for a cocaine delivery to a house at 1712 Old Crews Road.

Investigators watched some people come to the house in a car, then leave, and they said they found $64,500 in cash when they stopped that car.

The Old Crews Road house and one at 2309 Laurel Falls Lane were the targets of the search warrants.

The warrants returned to the court clerk’s office Thursday said investigators did not find evidence at either place, however.

Arrest records showed that both Jeffreys said they live on Timber Lake Road in Louisburg.

Justin Jeffreys was charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine twice in 2004 and was convicted in 2005, state prison records show. He was given a suspended sentence and put on probation.

He was convicted later in 2005 of possessing stolen goods, and his probation was revoked and he spent the rest of that year behind bars.

Justin Jeffreys was charged with cocaine possession in 2008 and again was put on probation. He was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2009, had his probation revoked and was in prison until February 2011.

Franklin County authorities charged Justin Jeffreys with gun possession in 2014, he was convicted in March 2016 and was in jail for about four months.

Donnie Jeffreys’ only drug conviction was for felony possession of cocaine and marijuana in 2015 in Wake County, and he given a suspended sentence and completed a term of probation.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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