DULUTH, Minn. — Charges are being drawn up against two men arrested during after a narcotics raid in Duluth Thursday night that netted a suspected large and potentially deadly amount of pure fentanyl.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) says the suspects, a 35-year-old Chicago man and a 29-year-old man from Duluth, were caught up in an undercover sweep involving three separate search warrants. During the execution of one off those warrants, agents seized 80 grams of suspected pure fentanyl powder. It is Minnesota's largest single confiscation of the deadly compound in 2019.
“Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and only a few milligrams can kill a person,” said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans. “The drugs seized during this operation would have been enough to kill more than 26,000 people.”
The two suspects are expected to appear in St. Louis County Court in the next few days to be officially charged. At that time, more details of the operation will become public.
The BCA was assisted in carrying out the drug sweep by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Superior Police Department and the FBI.