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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones comments on his son's arrest: "A hopeless drug addict ..."

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Zachary Jones, the 23-year-old son of Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, was arrested the morning of March 7th for possession with intent to deliver an ounce of cocaine.

Jones was arrested along with 24-year-old Moldavian Harris, of Detroit. The two were taken to the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

Danny Jones released a statement saying: "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."