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Fentanyl driving local, nationwide overdose epidemic

Fentanyl driving local, nationwide overdose epidemic

“We have had people overdose on just a quarter of a pill here in this area,” Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Commander Lt. Jeff Wersal said. Many users are sometimes unaware of the fentanyl in the illicit drug, which in many cases could result in overdose....

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Police arrest, charge 6 in connection to drug bust

Police arrest, charge 6 in connection to drug bust

MRVDTF agents said 34-year-old Bryan Gerald Mortensen, of Mankato, who was wanted on third-degree controlled substance sales, turned himself in around 6 p.m. Wednesday and remains in custody. “Today’s seizure of 450 dangerous Mbox 30 pills far exceeds MRVDTF seizure...

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Jeff Wersal announces run for Blue Earth County sheriff

Jeff Wersal announces run for Blue Earth County sheriff

MANKATO — Lt. Jeff Wersal Tuesday announced he is running for Blue Earth County sheriff. That means at least two veteran Blue Earth County deputies will be seeking to replace Sheriff Brad Peterson, who announced he will retire this year after 28 years as sheriff....

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Drug task force: Seizures, overdose deaths up last year

Drug task force: Seizures, overdose deaths up last year

The task force investigated 12 drug overdose deaths last year — up from six deaths in 2020 and one in 2019. Four suspected drug dealers were charged with third-degree murder in connection with three of the deaths. Other investigations are still ongoing and charges...

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