Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said Thursday that the arrest of his son on drug charges is a "life saving fall" that might be the only way to save him.
Jones said in a statement that his son, 23-year-old Zachary Jones, and another man were arrested Thursday on a charge of possession with intent to deliver an ounce of cocaine.
The younger Jones also had been arrested in 2010 on a heroin possession charge and in 2008 on a driving under the influence charge, the mayor said.
"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. "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."
Danny Jones said he has never attempted to get favorable treatment for his son. He said he told the Charleston Police Department in 2010 where his son was so that he would be arrested.
"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," the mayor said.