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Two arrested after Grand Forks police seize more than 3 pounds of meth

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Two Grand Forks residents face multiple drug charges after police found 3.2 pounds of meth, drug paraphernalia, firearms and marijuana in their home, according to a news release.

Nakia Jewel Lynn Jones, 31, and Brian Bernard Jones, 40, are scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Grand Forks District Court.

The two were arrested Tuesday afternoon after the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at their residence at 2116 First Ave. N., according to a news release. Officers seized 3.2 pounds of methamphetamine, four firearms and several pieces of drug paraphernalia from their home, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers seized 3.2 pounds of meth, 2 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe with burnt residue, three handguns and a DPMS .223 caliber rifle, according to the complaint. Investigators also found nearly $9,000 in cash, the release said.

Nakia Jones was in the 1200 block of Columbia Road at the time of the search, but Brian Jones was at the home, according to a criminal complaint.

Each will face a Class B felony of possessing meth with intent to deliver or manufacture and two misdemeanor charges -- possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones also was charged with a Class C felony of unlawful possession of a firearm by a violent felon.

The Class B felony carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years in prison.

Brian Jones is facing charges in a separate case filed Oct. 5 in Grand Forks District Court. A criminal complaint for that case alleges Jones led a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer on a chase after he was pulled over for running a stop sign Oct. 4 on Grand Forks County Road 1 at U.S. Highway 81. After the trooper told Jones he was being detained, he “hit the throttle” and drove away, the complaint said.

Jones nearly hit another vehicle before losing control, knocking over a railroad crossing pole and rolling into the ditch, the complaint said. He became pinned in the vehicle, the release said.

He was arrested and charged with three Class C felonies -- theft, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon -- and three misdemeanors -- fleeing, possession of marijuana and carrying a loaded firearm. His next court appearance in that case is Feb. 21.

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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