Cree employee, Obama 'friend' facing drug charges

David Matthew Jones (Photo courtesy of Raleigh Police Department)
June 25, 2013 3:16:03 PM PDT
A manager at Cree Inc., who once introduced then-presidential candidate Sen. Barrack Obama during a 2008 visit to the Durham-based company, is facing drug trafficking charges.

David Matthew Jones of Wake Forest was arrested Sunday night by Raleigh police and charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine and conspiring to traffick methamphetamine.

Details surrounding the 40 year old's arrest have not been released. An arrest warrant obtained by ABC11 filed by Raleigh police June 23 alleges Jones and another man transported less than 200 grams of meth.

ABC11 interviewed Jones in 2011, after President Obama's second visit to Cree, which specializes in energy efficient LED lighting.

Obama first met Jones in 2008 when he was handpicked to introduce then-Sen. Obama before a speech.

"He was sitting on the floor and I said, 'Well, I would like with no further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to my friend the Senator Obama,' and I was so nervous I said, 'my friend,' even though I had never met the guy," Jones told ABC11 of the 2008 introduction.

President Obama remembered Jones three years later and mentioned the US Manufacturing Operations Manager during a speech again at Cree.

Now, that day, a wonderful man gave me a heck of an introduction. He introduced himself by saying, 'I am a Cree employee, and I help build the most energy-efficient LEDs in the world. That's what I do.' And his name was David Jones ... So I got to see David looking at the new LED production line -- which he now runs, by the way -- and it's easy to see why you guys are so proud of what you do.

» Click here to read President Obama's complete 2011 speech «

It is unclear if Jones' arrest has impacted his position at Cree Inc.

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