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Suspected drug dealer threw money from bridge, Duluth police say

A law enforcement officer peers over the edge of the Blatnik Bridge in Superior, Wis., on Thursday, July 31, 2014, looking for any paper money that might have fallen to the ground below after the bills allegedly were tossed by a drug suspect attempting to flee police. (Bob King/Duluth News Tribune)

DULUTH - A 23-year-old man accused of selling “substantial quantities” of heroin in the Duluth-Superior, Wis., area was arrested Thursday after he allegedly eluded police officers and threw money out his vehicle’s window while driving across the Blatnik Bridge.

Authorities said the suspect had 20 grams of heroin when police tracked him down in Duluth. He was taken to the St. Louis County Jail and faces charges of selling drugs and fleeing in a motor vehicle.

Duluth police said officers identified the suspect sitting in his vehicle at about 10 a.m. Thursday in Superior. They had a search warrant related to heroin sales.

The man took off as officers approached, officials said, speeding around squad cars and across a lawn. He headed for the Blatnik Bridge, and at its base on the Superior side he allegedly threw an unspecified amount of paper money from the window.

Officers lost sight of him in Duluth, but a short time later, Proctor police located the vehicle near Interstate 35 and Midway Road. The Minnesota State Patrol and Border Patrol assisted police in stopping the vehicle.

The suspect, who lives in the Duluth and Chicago areas, has an extensive criminal record and had been out on bail for first-degree heroin possession.