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Grand Forks drug suspect while being pulled over: I'm 'going to jail'

Jason Lawrence Burgess

A Grand Forks man facing drug charges was on the phone saying he was "going to jail" when he was pulled over early Wednesday, according to a court document.

Jason Lawrence Burgess, 29, was charged Thursday in Grand Forks District Court with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, both Class A felonies, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license privilege is suspended, both Class A misdemeanors.

At 1:21 a.m. Wednesday, a Grand Forks County Sheriff's deputy stopped Burgess on DeMers Avenue because his brake light wasn't working, according to an affidavit.

The deputy said he or she noticed Burgess was shaking and was on the phone saying he would be "going to jail" and needed to be bailed out.

The deputy found a "large sum of cash" in Burgess's pocket. The deputy also saw items tied down on the trailer and "recalled recent thefts from construction sites of tools and equipment," according to the affidavit.

The deputy found tools, flashlights, a digital scale, a lockbox, methamphetamine, heroin, a glass smoking device with residue and plastic bags, according to the affidavit.

Burgess faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each of the Class A felonies.

His next court appearance is 1:30 p.m. June 8.