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Willmar man and woman arrested Monday after narcotics search yields pills believed to contain fentanyl

A 32-year-old Willmar man and 33-year-old Willmar woman were arrested Monday after CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents executed a narcotics search warrant at house in Willmar. According to the release, both face pending first-degree drug charges.

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WILLMAR — A 32-year-old Willmar man and a 33-year-old Willmar woman are in custody pending first-degree drug charges after a search Monday of a Willmar home yielded pills that tested positive for fentanyl.

CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents executed a narcotics search warrant Monday at a residence in the 400 block of 15th Street Southwest in Willmar, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Sgt. Ross Ardoff, commander of the task force.

During the search agents located approximately 625 pills that the release describes as "fake oxycodone M30 pills." They were found near a loaded handgun and tested positive for the presence of fentanyl, according to the release.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

Agents also found a large amount of cash on the male suspect, believed to be from drug sales, according to the release.

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The two were in custody Tuesday morning in the Kandiyohi County Jail, according to the release.

The CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force was assisted during the search by the Willmar Police Department, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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