Craven County man sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – A Craven County man was sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to fentanyl and firearms charges.

According to United States Attorney Michael Easley’s office, 27-year-old Xzavier Morris of Havelock pleaded guilty on October 18th to charges of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court records, Morris was stopped by deputies with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office on February 1, 2022, to serve him with outstanding warrants for breaking and entering.

During the traffic stop, deputies said they saw Morris and his passenger throw a bag out the window of their car. deputies say they found that bag and that it had fentanyl inside it. Morris was arrested and charged with trafficking fentanyl.

While Morris was being held at the Craven County Jail, detectives began to monitor Morris’ outgoing jail calls and found out that he was directing co-defendants Kimberly Smith and Kayakenee Oliver to move a safe containing drugs to Oliver’s residence in Havelock. In these recorded calls, deputies say Morris, Smith, and Oliver talked about packaging the drugs for re-sale to try to raise bond money for Morris.

Detectives were able to get a search warrant for Oliver’s home and say that searched it just after midnight on February 3, 2022.

During the search, detectives found a safe with cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, two 9mm pistols, and a digital scale inside it.

Morris, who deputies say is a validated 9-3 Bloods gang member, was later interviewed and admitted that the guns and firearms in the safe belonged to him and that he had been instructing Oliver and Smith about how to package the drugs for sale.