DATE: March 4, 2024
SUBJECT: Serious Violent Felon Arrested for Dealing Narcotics and Firearm Possession
CONTACT: Major Matt Corn
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Noah Robinson

On February 12th, 2024 at approximately 7:25 AM, Deputies were dispatched to the area of US Highway 41 and Hillsdale Road in reference to the report of Domestic Violence in progress. Upon arrival, Deputies met with the victim who stated that Charles Lewis Jones Jr. verbally threatened her and would not allow her out of the vehicle. The victim stated that she was eventually able to contact 911. At this point, Jones stopped the vehicle, and exited it carrying a lock box that the victim reported contained a firearm. Mr. Jones is a convicted felon and it is illegal for him to possess a firearm. The victim stated that Jones returned without the lock box and left the scene leaving her behind. Deputies searched the area for Mr. Jones but were unable to locate him.

A Sheriff’s Office K9 team was requested and did an article search of the area in hopes of finding the lock box. The K9 located the box along the roadway in some tall grass. It was also confirmed through video footage and witness’s statements that this appeared to be the box that Mr. Jones was seen carrying away from the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations section requested and received a judicially signed search warrant for the lock box. Inside of the box a pistol was located along with ammunition. Two plastic bags of a white powder like substance were also located, each weighing approximately 10 grams. One of the bags field tested positive for Methamphetamine and the other for Fentanyl. It was also determined that the firearm was stolen from another county.

A Sheriff’s Office Detective attached to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms as a task force officer investigated the incident further. The Detective was able to obtain a Judicially signed arrest warrant for Mr. Jones. The Detective along with the United States Marshal’s Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force comprised of Deputies from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Troopers from the Indiana State Police and United States Marshals located Mr. Jones in Knox County on February 29th and he was taken into custody with the help of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Jones was found to be in possession of a plastic bag of a white powder like substance at that time. The substance later tested positive for Fentanyl and had a weight of approximately 1.4 grams. Mr. Jones was taken to the Knox County Jail for possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Level 6 felony, as well as his active Felony warrant from Vanderburgh County and is awaiting transport to Vanderburgh County.

Suspect: Charles Lewis Jones Jr.
43 years old
Vincennes, IN

Pending Local Charges:
Dealing in Methamphetamine a Level 2 Felony
Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Fentanyl) a Level 2 Felony
Criminal Confinement (2 counts) a Level 3 and Level 5 Felony
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon a Level 4 Felony

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