Duluth Police execute ‘historic’ $350K heroin bust, 2 arrested

DULUTH, MN–Two people are behind bars after a two-month investigation ended with the Duluth Police Department seizing about $350,000 worth of heroin, the largest bust of its kind in the department’s history.

According to Duluth Police, their officers, along with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, executed search warrants Thursday into an apparent drug trafficking organization.

During the searches at an apartment in the 1500 block of Kenwood Avenue, and a hotel room in the 200 block of West 1st Street in Duluth, investigators recovered about  4.3 pounds of heroin, a half-pound of cocaine, a loaded firearm and $94,623 in U.S. currency.

The two men arrested are both being held at the St. Louis County Jail. No word if charges have been filed.

According to police, one of the suspects was out on bail for a 1st degree murder charge out of Chicago.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken applauded the departments’ work, providing this statement:

“The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is an essential piece to our holistic
approach to solving Duluth’s drug problem. Because of their expert investigations and relentless work, the LSDVCTF is removing the poisons from our streets that are peddled to our citizens. We’re spending a tremendous amount of effort in going after those who sell those poisons to remove the supply from our community. Every day I am proud of the work our team accomplishes…. Additionally, we recognize that users are not criminals,” Tusken continued, “we remain dedicated to removing the demand for these drugs by empowering those addicted to connect to the resources that can help them recover. Every day I am proud of the work our team accomplishes.”

Those looking for an alternative to substance abuse can contact the department’s Opioid Response Team Hotline at (218) 730-4009.

(Photo Credit: Duluth Police Department)

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