The Largest Fentanyl Bust in Duluth

Fentanyl is an opioid and 50 times more potent than heroin.

DULUTH, Minn.-  It’s being called the largest fentanyl bust ever in Duluth and authorities say it has roots in St. Paul.

Fentanyl is an opioid and 50 times more potent than heroin. Police warn that fentanyl is the new era of opioids. The drug can be sold cheaper than heroin and is more lethal.

Investigators confiscated more than 100 grams of fentanyl, over 200 prescription pills, nine firearms and $21,000 in U.S. currency. Seven people are now under arrest and facing felony charges. Most are from the Twin Ports, another St. Paul, and one from Chicago.

Police tell us although this is the first large fentanyl bust in the area, it’s a trend experts believe could overtake heroin.

“It started with heroin but the potency and the cost of fentanyl is cheaper for people to purchase, which makes it easier for somebody who’s selling it illicitly to make more money,” Lt. Jeff Kazel said.

Eight opioid-related deaths have occurred in Duluth already this year. But officials say the number would be higher if it weren’t for Narcan. Law enforcement leaders warn that many people could have opioids in their medicine cupboard, unknowingly. Be sure to drop old prescriptions off at a local drop box. Another way to help is to be aware. If you see something unusual happening in your neighborhood report it.

Police say tips from the community play a large role in busts.

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