‘I am going to jail for a while’ man tells girlfriend after cops find gun, $34,000 worth of dope in his car: prosecutors

CHICAGO — On parole for a Class X felony gun case, Darren Jones had some parting words for his girlfriend after Chicago cops allegedly found a pistol on his hip and $34,000 worth of drugs in his car: “I am going to jail for a while.”

When the cops told Jones they smelled weed coming from his car, he allegedly admitted that he and his girlfriend, the passenger, had just smoked up in the vehicle before going to the Olive Garden.

That prompted the officers to conduct a narcotics search of his Toyota Camry, according to Jones’ arrest report.

The report said the police found more than 500 pills of suspected ecstasy worth $30,250 in a bag on the rear passenger floor. The officers also found a loaded 40-caliber handgun on Jones’ hip, prosecutors alleged.

“The pills and gun are mine, not my girl’s,” Jones reportedly told the officers.

Turning to the woman, Jones conceded, “I am going to jail for a while,” the arrest report said.

Darren Jones | Chicago Police Department

At the police station, officers allegedly found about $4,000 worth of suspected heroin in Jones’ hoodie.

In a petition asking Judge Charles Beach to detain Jones as a safety threat, prosecutors claimed he carried a loaded firearm “to protect his massive supplies” of drugs.

Beach agreed that Jones should be detained.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show Jones was paroled last March after serving part of a six-year sentence he received for Class X armed habitual criminal. His previous convictions include a six-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2013, two years for escaping electronic monitoring in 2007, and a pair of three-year sentences for narcotics in 2007.

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