A 24-year-old man is facing two felony charges after police say he sold heroin multiple times during May.

Jermaine Morris was arrested Monday, June 3, and charged with two class B felony counts of distributing a controlled substance, as well as a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a class B misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered held Wednesday, June 5, on $50,000 bond.

Agents from the Northwest Narcotics Task Force recorded audio of drug sales to a confidential informant throughout the month of May, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court Wednesday. Agents from the task force also recorded text messages between Morris and the informant.

Morris sold the informant 1.2 grams of heroin on May 1 and again on May 2, court records indicate. The informant paid $300 each time.

On Monday, the task force arrested Morris at his apartment in the 2900 block of 17th Avenue West, charging documents state. In the apartment police found marijuana and a digital scale with marijuana residue on it.

At a bond hearing Wednesday, Kathryn Preusse, assistant state’s attorney for Williams County, asked for Morris’ bond to be set at $50,000. She said there was a prolonged investigation in the case and that Morris was on supervised probation for a 2018 conviction in Ward County for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Morris asked for a lower bond.

“I can’t afford $50,000,” he told Northwest District Judge Paul Jacobson. “I don’t have any land to put up.”

He asked to be allowed to post 10 percent — $5,000 — to be released.

Jacobson set bond at $50,000.

Morris is due back in court July 3 for a preliminary hearing on the drug charges.


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