Deputies: Man arrested on drug charges had toddler with him twice during sells

Mario Lee Jones (Carteret County Sheriff's Office photo)

BEAUFORT, Carteret County - A Carteret County man who investigators said was a heroin dealer was recently arrested and later ordered back to jail under a larger bond. Officials said the man made at least two sales to undercover agents with a small toddler in his arm.

Mario Lee Jones, 36, of 516 Broad Creek Loop Road Lot No. 11 in Newport was arrested on Feb. 22. The arrest was made by detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff's Office and Morehead City Police Department. It came after a month-long undercover investigation throughout February where a number of controlled drug purchases were made, at least two of them while Jones had a toddler in one arm while exchanging the illegal narcotics.

In a press release from the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, officials said the investigation was cut short and an arrest was made after two separate non-fatal heroin overdoses that took place after Jones sold heroin to the individuals. Jones was given a $75,000 secured bond, which he made and was released.

In Jones' first court appearance on Feb. 23, District Attorney David Spence requested the court increase the bond for Jones. District Court Judge Paul Quinn did that, raising Jones' bond to $600,000. Jones is currently being held in the Carteret County Detention Center with his next court date on March 10.

Jones is charged with 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 and 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.

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