Louisiana, Mo police chief, girlfriend charged with drug trafficking after overdose death at their home

Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 6:52 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2022 at 7:20 PM CDT
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PIKE COUNTY (KMOV) -- Prosecutors have charged the Louisiana, Missouri police chief with trafficking drugs after two people overdosed at his home Tuesday. One of the overdose victims died and the other was taken to the hospital. On Thursday, prosecutors added two additional charges.

The arrest has been the talk of the town in the small Pike County town.

“It’s unbelievable,” said resident, Don Bronson.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Wednesday that Louisiana Police Chief William E. Jones, 50, and his girlfriend Alexis J. Thone, 25, have been charged in the incident. Thone’s 24-year-old brother, Gabriel Thone, was dead when first responders got to the home of Jones and his girlfriend in the 2300 block of Kentucky Street in Louisiana.

Jones has been with the Louisiana Police Department for three years and chief for about 1-and-a-half years. According to mayor Tim Carter, Jones was previously fired from the Missouri Department of Corrections and had been sued while working at the Vandalia Police Department.

“Shortly after Will Jones became chief I started having concerns as a citizen, as far as some of the police actions the department was taking,” said Carter.

The press release did not outline the cause of death, but Jones and Alexis Thone were charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. It does not say what drugs were involved.

A second brother of Alexis Thone, 21, was revived with Narcan and taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital. His current condition is unknown.