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.

The man was booked in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

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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.

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

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