Cree manager at center of Obama visit arrested on drug charges - WNCN: News, Weather

Cree manager at center of Obama visit arrested on drug charges

Posted: Updated:
DURHAM, N.C. -

An operations manager at Cree Inc. who was at the center of a presidential visit has been arrested and charged with trafficking meth.

David Matthew Jones of Wake Forest faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine and conspiring to traffic methamphetamine.

In June 2011, President Barack Obama made a visit to Cree, and singled out Jones during his speech and tour.

"It feels great," Jones said after the presidential visit. "It's recognition for the work we do at Cree."

Jones accompanied the president on a tour of a new manufacturing line, the latest in LED lighting.

During a trip in 2008 to Cree, Jones also introduced then-Sen. Obama.

Jones was arrested by Raleigh Police Sunday night at the intersection of Six Forks Road and I-440. Officers did not give the circumstances surrounding the arrest since it is an ongoing investigation.

Jones lives in an upscale home in an affluent neighborhood. No one was home when WNCN visited Tuesday, but neighbors said there was often late-night activity and visitors at the home.

Police did not say any illegal activity took place there.

Cree had no comment on the arrest and refused to answer WNCN's questions regarding Jones's employment status.

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan is an investigative reporter and anchor with over a decade of experience. Jonathan has broken stories that have resulted in local and statewide change. Contact our Investigative Team anytime HERE. More>>

  • North Carolina NewsMore>>

  • McCrory coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers

    McCrory coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:48:26 GMT
    Some lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.
    Some lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.
  • McIntyre's retirement opens door for GOP in NC 7th

    McIntyre's retirement opens door for GOP in NC 7th

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:33:02 GMT
    Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre will retire after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district.Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre will retire after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district.
    With McIntyre announcing his retirement after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district, Rouzer is back on the ballo.    
    With McIntyre announcing his retirement after nine terms representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional district, Rouzer is back on the ballo.    
  • Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:51:50 GMT
    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.
    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.