Drug task force investigators are trying to trace the source of opioids that have claimed the lives of at least four young people in southeast Minnesota over the past two weeks.

Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force (MRVDTF) Commander Lt. Jeff Wersal said at least two of the deaths, which occurred in Mankato and surrounding communities, were traced to counterfeit prescription pills made from fentanyl. The victims in the four fatal overdoses ranged in age from 18 to 24.

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