Police arrest dozens in statewide drug bust, including several from SE Minnesota

Police arrest dozens in statewide drug bust, including several from SE Minnesota Photo: Courtesy Duluth Police Department.

Updated: October 22, 2020 04:48 PM
Created: October 22, 2020 03:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Duluth Police Department announced a significant dismantling of a drug trafficking organization that has been operating in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin Thursday.

Since December of 2019, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has been investigating the sale of controlled substances, specifically heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl by Ricky Antoinne Osborne.


Osborne, of Rochester, identified by Duluth police as one of the heads of the gang Black P. Stone Nation.

Police said he ran much of the drug operation from Rochester, but made regular trips to Duluth and is believed to be responsible for a large distribution of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Osborne has been charged with six felony charges in the State District Court in Duluth, including three counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated control substance crime. 

A total of 35 people have been arrested in Duluth, Rochester, and the Iron Range. 21 of the people arrested are from northeastern Minnesota. Arrest warrants have been issued for an additional 10 people.

An estimated total price of the product and money made by the drug trafficking organization dating from January to October of this year have a total street value of over $1 million.

During the seizure, police collected 1.16 pounds of heroin/fentanyl, 2.66 pounds of methamphetamines and one loaded handgun and stolen rifle.

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