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In 1979 the DEA compiled its first internal list of Top 10 traffickers in all of North America which was the Feds’ blueprint for who to after. Only one African-American was on the list.
His name was Reginald Davis of Detroit Michigan.
I had read some newspaper articles and heard some rumors about the Davis Family Group, as the DEA called them. John Sutton, head of the Detroit DEA when the Davis brothers were actually indicted was in charge of their case and I interviewed him extensively about his time in Detroit and working cases related to the Davis' and the Brothers themselves who were hit with a massive 50+ count plus indictment. That indictment was a fiasco for the government, resulting in one of the DEA agent being fired for threatening his superior, getting an $80k payout from the DEA for racial discrimination on the job, and, If I remember correctly, his brief incarceration in Federal prison. But that's a long and complex story we will save for the tale of Doc's bro.
In fact, the range of their actives over 20 plus years that spanned from Thailand to Ghana to Jamaica to Culiacan Sinaloa- the home base of El Chapo and the Sinaloa- Cartel when El Chapo was still a poverty stricken teenager.
In various Federal indictments for the infamous 848- running a continuing criminal enterprise- the so-called Kingpin statute- they are referred to as the DFG, the Davis Family Gang, though they never called themselves that. A group of brothers who grew up in an affluent home at the very time Detroit was probably the best place in America to be black ...if you had the money to enjoy it.
After the 1967 civil unrest and the long slow decline of the Auto industry picked up steam.
The cases of Reginald “Doc” Davis and his brother Duane led to a DEA Agent being sent to prison, political intrigue, and a plan to pull Marcus Garvey’s old Black Star Line out of dry dock in Ghana to smuggle Hair-ron hidden in rice to the U.S.
Doc and Duane are alive and well to tell their amazing tales... which actually continue to this day as there is still an ongoing legal fight concerning a very important legal precedent set in their case that is frequently used in major conspiracy and 848 cases.
They were so big they would mix Hair-ron from Turkey, Mexico, and Thailand together by the kilos. Both of the street crews that dominated the streets of the Murder City circa 1980- Young Boys Inc and Pony Down were often supplied by the Davis’.
They supplied certain Muslims in Philadelphia and replaced Nicky Barnes as a supplier in Harlem and they had packs on the streets as far from Detroit as the Carolinas.