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Two men charged with opioid sales

Two men were charged Friday with first degree drug sales in connection to the recent uptick in opioid overdoses in the area. According to the criminal complaint, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force have been investigating 50-year-old Robert McRunels of Bemidji and 44-year-old Demetrius Durant of Minneapolis since September. The complaint accuses both men of…

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Bemidji woman arrested, charged for drug sales

A Bemidji woman was charged with third degree narcotics sales in connection to the recent uptick in opioid overdoses. According to the criminal complaint, agents from the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the 2800 block of Ridgeway Avenue last Friday, and located numerous items associated with drug sales, such as…

Law enforcement responded to 62 overdoses since Dec. 1

Regional law enforcement departments say they have responded to 62 overdoses since Dec. 1, with 10 of them being fatal. According to a joint release from the Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Beltrami County and the Bemidji Police Department, the significant increase in recent opioid overdoses may be attributed…

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Uptick in overdoses linked to illegally made fentanyl

The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department issued a release in response to the increase in opioid-related overdoses in the area. They say the most recent overdoses are linked to illegally-made fentanyl, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Signs of overdose include the subject being unable to wake up, shallow breathing,…

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AUDIO: NMAW Center Director Margot Kelsey discusses treatment, Narcan, as overdose deaths spike

As overdose deaths spike in the region, Northern Minnesota Addiction Wellness Center director Margot Kelsey says anyone can access the life-saving drug Narcan within the state of Minnesota from their local pharmacy. Kelsey’s treatment center provides both in patient and outpatient services, with more programs than just the traditional 12 step recovery program. For more…

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11 charged in Red Lake drug trafficking conspiracy

Two separate federal indictments charged 11 people in connection with parallel methamphetamine and fentanyl distribution conspiracies on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. According to allegations, between Aug. 2019 and Dec. 2019, Kyle Dale Clark, 29, address unknown; Jose Arcega-Vejar, 32, Baja, Mexico; Valerie Ann Clark, 51, Redby; Vanessa Louise Cobenais, 31, Bemidji; Kathi Lyn Dudley,…

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Law enforcement warns of fentanyl in area

The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the Red Lake Police Department have been investigating several overdoses linked to small, blue pills being sold as 30 milligram Percocet or “perc 30s.” These pills have reportedly been linked to one fatal overdose and a number of non-fatal overdoses in the region, and initial testing of the…

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Two arrested after Cass Lake bust

Two were arrested after the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department executed a search warrant in Cass Lake. According to a release, the bust was last Thursday on 68th Avenue. Officers located suspected heroin and fentanyl, drug paraphernalia and a handgun. One was arrested on a warrant, 34-year-old Shawntas Turnage, also known as Jon Jon, who…

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