DULUTH, Minnesota (NBC) – An undercover drug bust in Duluth has led to the largest fentanyl seizure in Minnesota this year, an amount experts say could have killed 26,000 people.
According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, two men, Denzel Hale, 29, of Duluth, and Raymond Bowser, 35, of Chicago, were in connection to the bust Thursday night and are expected to face felony drug charges.
During the operation, BCA agents seized 80 grams of suspected pure fentanyl powder. The powder is being sent to the BCA drug laboratory for analysis.
“Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and only a few grams can kill a person,” BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said. “The drugs seized during this operation would have been enough to kill more than 26,000 people.”
The men are expected to be charged in St. Louis County District Court.
The BCA was assisted by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Superior Police Department and the FBI.