'Monster' amount of cocaine found after police chase in Akron

Posted at 9:00 AM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 12:43:50-04

Akron police found more than 24 pounds of cocaine following a police chase in Akron Tuesday afternoon. 

A suspect, 35-year-old Jerry Davis, is now facing a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute drugs.

Akron police spotted a suspicious man while during surveillance at the intersection of 16th Street and Kenmore Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. After police tried to stop him, he led them on a car chase that went through Kenmore and Summit Lake neighborhoods.

According to police, Davis left his car by the old Bridgestone Firestone building and jumped from a bridge onto railroad tracks below. He was injured and treated at an Akron hospital. He was then taken to the Summit County Jail on drug charges.

Police searched the Davis's car and found more than 24 pounds of cocaine. The street value is estimated at more than $1 million.

Police originally identified the drugs found in the car as fentanyl. Authorities later said field testing showed it was fentanyl, but lab testing confirmed it was cocaine. 

"This is a monster hit," said Akron Police Chief James Nice.