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Bemidji meth supplier faces 8 years in prison

BEMIDJI -- The fate of a Bemidji man found to be in possession of methamphetamine, a large amount of marijuana and firearms will be determined by the Beltrami County Court rather than by jury trial.

Barry Jacobson, 46, is charged with one count of felony first-degree drug sale and one count of felon in possession of a piston/assault weapon. A first-degree controlled substance crime carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Jacobson faces a maximum 15 year prison sentence and a $30,000 fine for the firearms charge. Jacobson was previously convicted of third-degree possession of a controlled substance in 2003.

Jacobson entered a Lothenbach plea Friday, replacing a jury trial scheduled for Tuesday with a court trial that exists only on paper, explained attorney David Frank with the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office. Jacobson has plead not guilty to the charges and retains the right to an appeal by proceeding with a court trial. Frank said Jacobson is looking at a 98 month prison sentence.

Jacobson allegedly conspired with John Waslaski to sell approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine in November. When Waslaski was busted by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force last fall, he led law enforcement to Jacobson.

Agents followed Waslaski to Jacobson’s residence on Nov. 27, after Waslaski told a cooperating individual (CI) working under the direction of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force he could acquire methamphetamine from his “source,” according to court documents. The CI received 12 grams of meth from Waslaski after leaving Jacobson’s residence.

Task force agents obtained a search warrant for Jacobson’s residence where they found approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine, 1.7 kilos of marijuana, 13 firearms and $900 of Bureau of Criminal Apprehension recorded currency. According to a statement of probable cause completed by the task force, Jacobson provided a statement that he sells methamphetamine in the Bemidji area and he supplied Waslaski with methamphetamine.

Jacobson is currently being held in the Beltrami County Jail. A final sentencing date was not available from the court. Waslaski was sentenced in May to 94 months for felony first-degree sale of methamphetamine.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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