City of Minot release
The Minot Police Department assisted the Ward County Narcotics Taskforce with a
search warrant on Sept. 14 in northwest Minot.
The Narcotics Taskforce seized a large amount of fentanyl, measuring one kilogram
or roughly 10,000 fentanyl tablets, and a firearm reported stolen in another state.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Ward County Narcotics Taskforce is a multi-jurisdictional team comprised of law
enforcement personnel from Ward County Sheriff’s Department, Minot Police
Department, United States Border Patrol, North Dakota Army National Guard, and
the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Fentanyl is estimated to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. According
to Families Against Fentanyl, it is the number one cause of death in the United
States for people between the ages of 18 – 45. Fentanyl fatally poisons one person
in the U.S. every 8.57 minutes, which equates to 175 fentanyl poisoning deaths