Drug bust yields record for painkiller

Published 9:52 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BLOOMINGTON — A recent drug bust in Hennepin County yielded a record amount of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller.

Authorities say Bloomington police raided a home on Nov. 3 and seized nearly three-quarters of a gallon of the potent synthetic opioid, with an estimated street value of $275,000. The sheriff’s office says it’s the largest amount ever confiscated in Minnesota.

Officers also found marijuana, illegal prescription drugs and several firearms.

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There were 18 fentanyl overdose deaths in Hennepin County between January and September. Music superstar Prince died of a fentanyl overdose in April.