FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – An attempt by Fort Wayne police to wrap up a drug investigation led to a man leading officers on a car chase and ultimately his arrest on drug dealing and neglect of a dependent charges Tuesday.

Detectives with the police department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit had been watching a home at 6204 Pheasant Pass and had gathered enough evidence to arrest a man identified as 26-year-old Kevin Jerelle Jones, Jr., according to a media release.

According to newly released Allen Superior Court documents, detectives watched as Jones left the home, looked around and then went back inside the house to grab a black backpack before leaving in a 2012 Dodge Challenger.

An Indiana State Trooper working as part of the sting tried to stop Jones as he left the home around 3 p.m., but Jones is accused of initially pulling into a parking lot of a gym along Maplecrest Road before fleeing police, court documents said.

Jones is also accused of trying to throw a backpack out of the window of his vehicle, but it got caught in the door and began dragging on the road, court documents said.

The Challenger reached speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour while running red lights as police chased it toward Rothman Road, according to court documents. At one point the car sped into a housing addition and stopped in the yard of a home as officers closed in, court documents said.

Jones surrendered there.

According to court documents, officers found thousands of small round and blue pills that contained fentanyl and were made to look like Percocet. In total, the pills contained roughly 516.5 grams of fentanyl.

One investigator wrote in court documents:

“This is well in excess of 28 grams and shows large scale drug dealing where each pill retails for approximately $5/pill and each pill provides a user a high of up to 2-6 hrs. The Pills each weight approximately .1 grams/pill for approximately over 5,000 pills/doses which would keep a user high for 1,250 consecutive days, 24 hrs. a day. Further, Fentanyl is so potent that as little as .02 of a gram can be a lethal dose to an adult, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, meaning that this amount of drug could be fatal to over 25,000 persons in the city.”

Kevin J. Jones, Jr.

Officers also found 87 grams of cocaine and 30 grams of powder fentanyl inside the backpack, police said.

Detectives then served a search warrant at the Pheasant Pass home, where they found handguns Jones was not allowed to possess due to a previous felony conviction, more fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The firearms and narcotics were within reach of three young children inside the home, as well, court documents said. An investigator noted in court documents the basement of the home, which had been used for packaging narcotics, had loose drug residue in large quantities on surfaces accessible to the children.

During an interview with detectives, Jones said in court documents he purchased anywhere from 5,000 pills at a time and then resold them for profit.

Jones is being held in Allen County Jail on the following charges:

  • Level 2 felony count of dealing, making or financing 10 or more grams of cocaine.
  • Level 2 felony count of dealing, making or financing 10 or more grams of a narcotic drug.
  • Level 5 felony count of carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction.
  • Three Level 6 felony counts of neglect of a dependent.
  • Level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice.
  • Level 6 felony count of resisting law enforcement by using a vehicle.
  • Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine.
  • Level 6 felon count of possession of a narcotic drug.
  • Level 6 felony count of possession of cocaine.