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Dozens of charges filed in massive Duluth heroin conspiracy

$1M worth of heroin was taken off the streets.

Twenty-five people have been charged in connection with a huge heroin conspiracy rung in Duluth.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced that 12 individuals have been indicted on federal charges on Thursday, with more than a dozen others coming from St. Louis County District Court.

The indictees range in age from 23 to 44, and are accused of conspiring to distribute heroin throughout the Twin Ports area.

Alleged to be the main distributor is Carlos Nashun Coleman, 33, who is alleged to have transported heroin from Chicago to the Twin Cities.

It was then distributed by a network of co-conspirators throughout the Duluth-Superior area.

The dozen indicted defendants are making their initial court appearances this week on conspiracy to distribute heroin charges.

The conspiracy was responsible for a "significant" amount of the drugs brought to the region in the past year, with more than $1 million of heroin removed from the streets.

“This is a very significant operation," Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jeff Kazel told KARE 11. "This is not just touching Duluth, this is touching the Iron Range, this is touching Hibbing, this is touching Virginia, this is touching Superior, this is touching the reservation at Fond Du Lac. “

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