CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones' son was arrested on drug charges along with a Detroit man, prompting the mayor to speak candidly about his son's addiction troubles.
In a prepared statement, the mayor said he is heartbroken and that his son is a "hopeless drug addict."
"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," the mayor said in the statement.
"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."
Zachary Jones, 25, and Moldavian Harris, 24, of Detroit, were arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in Charleston.
Metro Drug Unit Detective O.B. Morris was working on Interstate 77 just north of Charleston about 6:30 a.m. Thursday when he caught sight of a speeding white Mazda 3.
Morris followed the car off the Washington Street exit and initiated a traffic stop near the Bigley Avenue Go-Mart, said Sgt. Bill Winkler of the Metro Drug Unit.
Winkler said those detectives were on interdiction detail, where they stop vehicles for traffic infractions and look for indicators of further criminal activity. A search of the vehicle turned up 25.7 grams of cocaine. Winkler said that amount was "way beyond something that would be for personal use."
The two were arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Bond was set at $25,000 cash for each man.
This isn't the first time the mayor's son has found himself behind bars. He was arrested for DUI in 2008 and possession of heroin in 2011.
The elder Jones said he has never used his position to seek preferential treatment for his son.