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Grand Forks man who allegedly said he was 'going to jail' to change plea in drug case

A Grand Forks man facing two serious drug-related felonies after a traffic stop is scheduled to plead guilty. Jason Lawrence Burgess, 29, was charged in early May in Grand Forks District Court with two Class A felonies of possession of a controll...

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A Grand Forks man facing two serious drug-related felonies after a traffic stop is scheduled to plead guilty.

Jason Lawrence Burgess, 29, was charged in early May in Grand Forks District Court with two Class A felonies of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and Class A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

Early on May 4, Grand Forks police stopped Burgess for a non-functioning brake light while he was driving west in the 2400 block of DeMers Avenue.

A criminal complaint states Burgess was visibly shaking and speaking on the phone, telling the person on the other end he was "going to jail" and would need that person to bail him out.

When searched, officers found a large amount of cash in Burgess' pocket, a digital scale, meth, heroin and a glass smoking deving with residue in the vehicle.

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A Thursday court hearing was canceled in lieu of a notice Burgess intends to change his plea Aug. 29. North Dakota court records also indicate one charge of possessing heroin with intent to deliver was dismissed.

The Class A felonies each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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