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Narcotics investigators seeking tips on recent drug overdoses in Bemidji, other northern Minnesota locations

Jan 25, 2023 10:31AM ● By Content Editor
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From the Minnesota Department of Public Safety - January 25, 2023

Narcotics investigators are seeking information from the public regarding a recent surge in drug overdoses in Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard County communities. In the Bemidji area alone, law enforcement has responded to 35 overdoses, including nine fatal overdoses, since Dec. 1.

Agents and investigators with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Tribal police departments, and Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard County sheriff's offices are working together to respond to overdoses and identify and arrest those who are selling the illicit drugs as well as their suppliers.

Investigators are asking the public to come forward with any information on drug sellers in the area or their suppliers. Tips can be provided to any of the investigating agencies or the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force at 218-333-8130 or https://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/departments/law enforcement/tfcontactus.aspx.

Any information sent to the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force is confidential and will be used for law enforcement purposes only.

Investigators also encourage those with drug use problems to seek out drug treatment. Information on resources, including free treatment services, is available from the Minnesota Department of Health.