Two Arrested in Largest Heroin Seizure in History for Duluth Police
DULUTH, Minn. – Two individuals were arrested on Thursday following a drug bust by the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
According to authorities, two search warrants were executed simultaneously at an apartment in the 1500 block of Kenwood Avenue and a hotel room in the 200 block of West 1st Street on Thursday.
The search warrants were the result of a two month long investigation into a drug trafficking organization with possible sales of heroin in the area.
Investigators recovered approximately 4.3 pounds of heroin estimated at a street value of $350,000, a half-pound of cocaine, a loaded firearm, and $94,623 in U.S. currency.
“Our Duluth Police Department is constantly conducting excellent work in investigating these incidents and I support and thank them for what they do,” stated Mayor Emily Larson. “As we all know, we cannot arrest our way out of these problems, and I am proud that our team, and our community, has invested in outreach, education, and treatment resources to get people suffering addiction what they need. I stand with our entire community in our shared commitment to continue to tackle this problem head on.”
Otis Jason Weaver, 39, and Eric Antione Black, 36, were arrested as a result of the searches. Weaver has been charged with first degree aggravated sale of a controlled substance and firearm while Black has been charged with first degree aiding and abetting aggravated sale of a controlled substance and firearm.
Authorities say Black was out on bail for a first degree murder charge in Chicago at the time of his arrest.