By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in western Minnesota say five people were arrested last month related to drug busts in Willmar involving fake Oxycodone pills containing fentanyl.

The CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force says its agents had received information about the pills being sold at multiple locations in the city.

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According to the task force, the pills were linked to overdoses of people who thought they were buying Oxycodone.

On June 23, task force members executed a search warrant at a home on the 400 block of Lakelake Drive. They arrested a 22-year-old man whom officials say attempted to throw 67 fentanyl pills out his bedroom window as officers entered the home.

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The man was booked in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

On Tuesday, the task force executed another search warrant in the city, at a home on the 400 block of 4th Street Southeast. The officers found 52 suspected fentanyl pills among other drugs.

Also found was $3,000 in cash, including task force funds used to buy drugs at the home. The search ended with more arrests.

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Eight children were also removed from the home and placed in the care of Kandiyohi County Family Services.