Man arrested on cocaine charges

Newton Police Department (NPD) apprehended a wanted suspect early Monday morning who has a history of trouble in the area.

Joshua Nathaniel Jones, 23, of 1330 B Ave. SE in Hickory, was arrested at his home about 1:12 a.m. Monday for multiple charges related to cocaine possession.

Jones, who was arrested by Hickory Police and turned over to NPD, was charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and trafficking in cocaine following recent indictments sought by NPD.

This isn’t the first time Jones has been in trouble with the law.

In February 2011, Jones was arrested and charged by NPD for an incident that occurred at the Petro Express on U.S. 70 East in Conover.

On Feb. 3, 2011, narcotics officers from Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office located Jones at the Petro Express on U.S. 70 East in Conover, where he was allegedly participating in selling cocaine.

During the investigation, Jones got into his 2000 Cadillac Escalade and attempted to leave the scene. His vehicle collided with the Petro Express building, causing damage to the vehicle and minimal damage to the building.

Officers seized about two ounces of powder cocaine, $2,300 in U.S. currency, Jones' Escalade and a 2001 Chevrolet. The cocaine has a street value from $2,000-$11,000, depending on how it is packaged and sold, according to NPD.

Jones was charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and felony maintaining a vehicle.

Now, Jones is charged again and is in the Catawba County Jail with bond set at $120,000. His first court date is scheduled for Friday.