Nearly 30 people have been arrested in a massive meth and opioids bust in northern Minnesota.
The culmination of a six months-long investigation into drug dealing in Hubbard County, officers from numerous agencies swooped in to make the arrests over the past week.
Those arrested ranged in age from 26 to 69 – with several in their 50s and 60s – and they are now facing felony-level charges including the possession and sale of drugs.
The suspects are from Park Rapids, Akeley, Nevis and Menahga.
Investigators focused the probe on meth and prescription drug sellers and distributors in the county, and in the process identified a number of suspected drug traffickers.
Large amounts of meth, prescription opiates, butane hash oil, "high grade" marijuana, guns and cash were seized by agencies including the FBI.
Among the prescription pills seized were Vicodin, Percocet, Adderall and Oxycodone.
The drug busts were carried out by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with Park Rapids PD, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, Headwaters Safe Trails FBI Task Force, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Border Patrol, FBI and West Central Drug Task Force.
Minnesota has a growing opioids problem, with 376 opioid deaths reported in 2016 – a 12 percent rise on the year before. Of those, prescription pills accounted for 186 of the deaths.