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Man charged with murder for selling fentanyl that led to fatal OD

The 29-year-old had fentanyl powder in his house.
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A man has been charged with third degree murder in west-central Minnesota after selling fentanyl that led to a fatal overdose.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says the charges were filed on Wednesday against 29-year-old Richard Michael Carl Houske, of Willmar.

It follows the fatal overdose of a person in their early 20s in the county this past November, which was later revealed to have been caused by fentanyl – an opioid between 50-100 times stronger than heroin.

Police searched House's house in December, believing him to be the person who sold drugs to the deceased, and found powdered fentanyl along with other drugs and drug paraphernalia.

He's also been charged with multiple drugs offenses and his bail set at $750,000 unconditional and $200,000 conditional.

The sheriff's office said the local CEE-VI Drugs Task Force, which was involved in the investigation and covers several west-central Minnesota counties, 

Fatal drug overdoses continue to rise in Minnesota. In 2016 there 637 deaths compared to 583 the year before.

Of those, 376 were opioid related, of which 85 involved fentanyl.

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