Aiken County lawyer arrested on drug charges

Sidney "Chuck" Jones: Aiken lawyer is accused of passing tobacco and marijuana to an inmate at the Richmond County Jail and trying to influence a witness in a case against his son Tyler Jones.

A local lawyer has been arrested on drug charges and accused of trying to influence a witness.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office statement, Sidney “Chuck” Jones, 59, of Connector Road in Graniteville, was booked into the Richmond County Jail on Wednesday after investigators witnessed Jones pass to­bacco and marijuana to an inmate.

Jones practices law at Jones and Lynn Law Offices on Silver Bluff Road in Aiken.

Investigators initially received information that Jones was having a witness falsify statements in a case against his son Tyler Jones, the release said.

Investigators also received information that Chuck Jones was smuggling marijuana and tobacco to an inmate at the Richmond County Jail.

Investigators then witnessed the lawyer pass the contraband to the inmate Wednesday.

Tyler Jones is jailed in Aiken County, accused in a Waffle House armed robbery earlier this year.

Ballistics testing has confirmed that a firearm used by Tyler Jones in that robbery matches one used in a Waffle House armed robbery on River Watch Parkway on March 23, police said. He will remain in the Aiken County Detention Center until the case can be adjudicated.

Chuck Jones has been charged with influencing and threatening a witness; distribution of marijuana; and possessing, giving or hand-delivering marijuana to an inmate.

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