RANDOLPH (CBS) – A town councilor in Randolph was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

James Burgess, 49, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police along with 33-year-old Scott Donaghue, who was charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Randolph town councilor James Burgess appears in court on February 7, 2018. (WBZ-TV)

Both men live at a Fairmont Street home.

James Burgess. (Image Credit: James F. Burgess Jr. For State Representative/Facebook)

Prosecutors say Burgess admitted to using one ounce of meth that was found in a nightstand.

Burgess announced in June 2016 he was running for state representative. But three months later he updated his supporters that the campaign had not been successful.

Scott Donaghue is arraigned on drug charges. (WBZ-TV)

Following his arraignment in Quincy District Court, Burgess was released on personal recognizance. Donaghue was held on $6,000 bail.


  1. throw him in jail for 20 years

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