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Posted on Sat. Dec. 10, 2011 - 12:16 am EDT

DEA nabs alleged cocaine dealer at carwash

Kilos, cash, M4 found in Escalade; cleared in ’03 bust

FORT WAYNE — As Shaft “Superman” Jones pulled out of the exit at a north-side carwash Wednesday, he was arrested by police and federal agents.

Now the 40-year-old Fort Wayne man faces charges in U.S. District Court of attempting to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

When officers and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Jones, they found an M4 assault rifle inside his Cadillac Escalade, along with four fully loaded magazines and a night-vision scope.

They also found a lot of cash, in multiple bags and containers, which Jones brought with him to buy about 20 kilograms of cocaine, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court.

Jones’ attempt to buy the cocaine and subsequent arrest wrapped up a nearly monthlong probe by DEA agents, according to court documents.

During the course of the investigation, Jones was taped during a conversation saying he was looking for a new drug supplier because of the poor quality of cocaine he had been buying. He said he used a legitimate business to conceal his drug trafficking income, according to court documents.

In 2008, the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned Jones’ cocaine possession conviction because police failed to obtain a search warrant when they searched a child’s backpack found in Jones’ car in 2003.

In that earlier case, police stopped next to Jones’ white Cadillac after seeing it stopped on the right side of Winter Street with the trunk open. Inside the trunk was a child’s backpack and a duffel bag. There was nothing but sports equipment in the duffel bag, but inside the child’s backpack, police found $30,000 in cash and cocaine.

In 1993, Jones was given a $23,000 settlement from the city of Fort Wayne after he sued for false arrest.

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