Minneapolis man held on multiple drug charges will go to trial

GRAND FORKS –  A Minneapolis man charged on multiple counts of drug delivery had his final dispositional conference in Grand Forks County Court on Thursday, Sept. 29.

John Jerad Harniss is charged with possession with intent to manufacture/deliver fentanyl and possession with intent to manufacture/deliver schedule III narcotic drugs, both class B felonies.

Each count has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. Harniss is charged with two class C felonies, possession with intent to manufacture/deliver marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, which each have a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

At around 10:32 a.m. on Jan. 23, members of the North Dakota Highway Patrol performed a traffic stop on a Cadillac heading southbound with an obstructed license plate as well as a darkly tinted driver’s side window, according to an affidavit in the case.

The driver was identified as Harniss. Harniss stated he did not own the vehicle, nor did he have his driver's license or wallet. The NDHP observed a torch on the front passenger seat, and asked Harniss to exit the vehicle. Once he did, he was patted down and a torch was removed.


A metal spoon with residue, a bag containing 10 M30 pills, a digital scale with residue, and a stack of 30 suboxone sublinguals were located in the vehicle. Officers continued to search and located seven orange suboxone pills, seven suspected fentanyl pills in bar form, approximately one pound of marijuana, and various paraphernalia.

His charges also include two class A misdemeanors for carrying a concealed weapon and fraudulent practices in urine testing, which have maximum sentences of 360 days in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. He was also charged with driving under suspension, a class B misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and/or a $1,500 fine.

A jury trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11.

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