Punta Gorda police officers comes in contact with unknown substance during arrest of man

Published: May 13, 2022 1:35 PM EDT
Jeremy Allen Jones (CREDIT: Charlotte County Jail)

A welfare check led to the arrest of a 43-year-old man after Punta Gorda police said they found drugs in his vehicle. An officer was also sent to the hospital after they came in contact with an unknown substance.

Jeremy Allen Jones, of Punta Gorda, was asleep in his vehicle in the parking lot of Downtown Gatorz when police were called to check on him.

Jones pulled out a large wad of cash when police asked him for ID, the Punta Gorda Police Department said in a news release.

Officers were searching a gym bag when an unknown powdery substance blew into one of the officer’s faces. The officer was taken to the hospital for observation but was released, police said.

The bag, police said, contained almost 500 grams of methamphetamine and 133 grams of crack cocaine packaged in individual bags for resale.

Officers said they also found 65 grams of marijuana, four hydrocodone pills and an unknown brown powdery substance, as well as digital scales, cellphones and small plastic bags.

More than $7,600 in cash was also found in the vehicle.

Jones faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The unknown substance that came in contact with the officer will be sent out for testing, police said.