Son of Charleston's Mayor Arrested on Cocaine Charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones announced Wednesday his son is facing drug charges after a traffic stop.

Zachary Jones, 23, of Charleston, was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

According to the criminal complaint, Jones was pulled over early Thursday morning for speeding in Charleston. During the search of his vehicle, police say they found approximately 25.7 grams of cocaine.

The mayor released a statement at 8:30 a.m. acknowledging his son is a drug addict and some parents will understand what he is going through as a father.

Jones' son was arrested and taken to South Central Regional Jail. During his arraignment, the magistrate set his bond at $25,000.

Jones is scheduled back in court for his preliminary hearing on March 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Jones was arrested with Moldavion Harris, a man from Detroit, according to court records.

Statement from Charleston Mayor Danny Jones
“This is to inform you that my 23 year-old son, Zachary Jones was arrested this morning on charges of possession with intent to deliver an ounce of cocaine. Zac was arrested along with Moldavian Harris, a 24 year old from Detroit, and after being arraigned was lodged in the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

“It may surprise many to know that I was relieved when I found out Zac was arrested, because I know that the only things that might save his life are isolation and yes, incarceration. If in jail or prison, I know that Zac has a better chance at living than on the outside. This is because Zac is a hopeless drug addict who has broken the heart and the will of everyone and anyone who has tried to help him.

“This arrest comes on the top of a DUI arrest in 2008 and a heroin possession arrest in 2010. Contrary to the unkind remarks made in 2010 about his heroin arrest, I have never interceded to attempt to get my son favorable treatment. Quite to the contrary, I informed our police department of my son’s whereabouts in order to have him arrested. When he was arrested, I actually asked to have his bond raised. Unfortunately, one of Zac’s associates paid his bond.

“I know there are a few parents that will read this and relate to the heartbreak I feel. I plead with those in the law enforcement, judicial, and jail and prison system to treat my son no better or worse than any other defendant. My son does not need anyone to save him from taking this life saving fall.”

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