August 12, 2017



A Marathon man arrested earlier this month by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on cocaine and firearms charges will now face federal charges. 

Davaus McCown, 33, of Marathon, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and neglect of a child because there were two children in the apartment at the time the search warrant was served, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Those are the state charges. An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms filed a paperwork in federal court outlining the same case, meaning McCown will be prosecuted in federal court and the local charges will likely be dropped, if history in such cases is any guide. 

McCown will likely be indicted by federal grand jury in the near future, again given how these cases have transpired in the past. 

His arraignment at the federal courthouse in Key West on Simonton Street was scheduled for Aug. 18 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has picked up many gun cases in recent years that started with local law enforcement and defendants who have a criminal history in the state criminal justice system and have then found themselves in federal court more and more. 

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Sheriff’s Office road patrol served a warrant just before 6 a.m. at 240 Sombrero Road, Apartment 11H on Aug. 3, reports say.

When they entered the residence, they found a man holding a bedroom door closed, refusing to allow them to enter. They forced the door open, finding McCown behind the door, reports say.

He had something in his hand, which he dropped, before he was brought to the floor and detained. Detectives found a black Ruger .380 handgun underneath him and also located a holster and a loaded magazine for the weapon, reports say.

It appears he may have been attempting to place the magazine into the weapon just before he was detained, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Powdered and crack cocaine were both found in the residence along with drug paraphernalia and a significant amount of cash, reports say.