Beaufort, NC – On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Morehead Police Department charged and arrested Mario Lee Jones, 36, of 516 Broad Creek Loop Road Lot # 11. The arrest was the result of a month long undercover drug investigation conducted throughout the month of February 2017. A number of controlled drug purchases, heroin and methamphetamine, were made by Jones. During two of the controlled drug purchases, Jones was identified and seen with a small toddler in one arm while exchanging illegal narcotics. The investigation was cut short due to two separate non-fatal heroin overdoses that occurred after Jones sold heroin to the victims. Jones was arrested and issued a secured bond of $75,000. Jones was released after posting the secured bond.
Jones had a first appearance in court on Thursday, February 23, 2017. During the first appearance, Assistant District Attorney David Spence requested the court increase the secured bond for Jones. ADA Spence said, “Mr. Jones is a habitual felon, unemployed, sold drugs on a daily basis and is, according to law enforcement, directly responsible for two heroin overdoses. Based on these factors, Mr. Jones poses a threat to the safety and security of the citizens of Carteret County.” District Court Judge Paul Quinn agreed and set a secured bond of $600,000. Jones is being held in the Carteret County Detention Center and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 10.
Jones is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; sell heroin; deliver heroin; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine; deliver methamphetamine; sell methamphetamine. Jones is also charged with one count of maintaining a dwelling to sell or store a controlled substance. Charges for child endangerment will be filed at a later date.