Publish date:

Duluth Police Department announces largest heroin bust in its history

Two men have been arrested in connection to the seizure.
Screen Shot 2019-06-04 at 8.33.06 AM

A raid in Duluth yielded the biggest heroin bust in the city's history, with $350,000 of the drug seized along with almost $100,000 in cash.

The raid happened at an apartment in the 1500 block of Kenwood Avenue and at a hotel room in the 200 block of West 1st Street on May 30.

It follows a 2-month investigation into a drug trafficking organization suspected of being behind the sale of heroin in the Northland region.

Some 4.3 pounds of heroin were seized along with a half-pound of cocaine, a loaded gun and $94,623 in cash.

The value of the heroin makes it the largest seizure of its kind in Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force history.

Screen Shot 2019-06-04 at 8.33.13 AM

"Our Duluth Police Department is constantly conducting excellent work in investigating these incidents and I support and thank them for what they do,”" said Duluth 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."

Two men, aged 39 and 36, have been arrested for 1st-degree drug offenses, and are being held in St. Louis County Jail pending charges.

The 36-year-old man was out on bail at the time of his arrest for a 1st-degree murder charge out of Chicago, with Minnesota police in contact with Chicago authorities as the investigation continues.

"The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is an essential piece to our holistic approach to solving Duluth’s drug problem," said Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken.

"Because of their expert investigations and relentless work, the LSDVCTF is removing the poisons from our streets that are peddled to our citizens."

Screen Shot 2019-06-04 at 8.33.20 AM

But Tusken added that while the work cracking down on dealers will continue relentlessly, his department recognizers that "users are not criminals."

"We’re spending a tremendous amount of effort in going after those who sell those poisons to remove the supply from our community," he said.

"Due to the high volume of opioids intercepted in this case, we believe this will greatly affect those suffering from addiction."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-15 at 10.01.55 PM

Large police presence at Emagine Willow Creek movie theater in Plymouth

There are few details at this stage as to what has happened.

Maple Grove Police Department

Maple Grove-based businessman convicted of fatally shooting wife

Wiseman owns properties in both Minnesota, Nevada and China.

betty and earls biscuits facebook

Jason Matheson's biscuit shop to briefly close ahead of relaunch

Betty & Earl's will shut down for two weeks before reopening under a new name.

Simon Merino Go Fund Me

Worker dies in forklift accident at paper recycling business

The victim was described as a loving father of two who was devoted to his church.

rosie means - go fund me

Authorities ID woman killed by hit-and-run driver who ran red light

A fundraiser was created to support the family after the "sudden and senseless loss."

Prior Lake Football

Watch: Prior Lake stuns Rosemount with last-second hook and ladder

The Lakers dusted off an old favorite to get a victory on Thursday night.

unsplas - maple leaf frost fall lawn

MN gets its first frost advisories, freeze warnings of the season

The coldest spots could dip to below 30 degrees overnight.


Ahead of Big Ten clash, Huskers fans spend their Friday mocking PJ Fleck

Huskers fans are in a playful mood ahead of Saturday's game.

Jamal Smith

New 1st-degree murder charge for man accused in youth coach's killing

A grand jury indicted the suspect in connection with the shooting of Jay Boughton.

trick or treating halloween

COVID: Mayo Clinic's tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating

A layered approach, especially for those who aren't vaccinated, is recommended.


'My patience level is gone': Walz calls on lawmakers to help hospital strain

The governor said only legislators can enact some of the needed measures.


Undercover op sees police seize enough fentanyl to kill 26,000

Two people have been arrested in connection with the haul.

Duluth men held, sexually assaulted missing girl over 20-day period

The two men have been convicted of sex trafficking of a minor.