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

Two people have been arrested in connection with the haul.

An undercover police operation in Duluth has led to the seizure of fentanyl with the potential to kill as many as 26,000 people.

The significant haul was made on Thursday, with a 35-year-old man from Chicago and a 29-year-old man from Duluth arrested on federal drugs charges.

During one of three search warrants executed in Duluth, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents seized 80 grams of "suspected pure fentanyl powder."

"Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and only a few milligrams can kill a person," said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans in a Friday press statement.

"The drugs seized during this operation would have been enough to kill more than 26,000 people."

It's the single largest seizure of fentanyl in Minnesota so far this year, and comes at a time that the synthetic opioid has become an increasingly common cause of fatal overdoses in Minnesota.

Synthetic opioids, predominantly fentanyl, were the only category of drugs that saw an increase in fatal ODs in 2018.

The two suspects are expected to be charged in St. Louis County in the coming days.

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