2 arrested in Duluth in connection with state's largest fentanyl seizure of 2019

Updated: November 22, 2019 06:33 PM

Two people were arrested after the single largest seizure of fentanyl in Minnesota in 2019.


The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension undercover narcotics investigation in Duluth led to two arrests Thursday night.

Raymond Valentino Bowser, 35, of Chicago, and Denzel Lavon Hale, 29, of Duluth, were taken into custody by authorities and were booked into the St. Louis County Jail on probable cause drug charges, DPS said. Both are expected to be charged in the next few days.

During one of three search warrants executed in the operation, BCA agents seized 80 grams of suspected pure fentanyl powder.

"Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and only a few milligrams can kill a person," BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said in a news release. "The drugs seized during this operation would have been enough to kill more than 26,000 people."

The FBI, Superior Police, Carlton County Sheriff's Office and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force also assisted in the operation.

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