MOORHEAD — Police have arrested two Moorhead men suspected of transporting fentanyl pills into the area.
Brady Allen Swanson, 33, and Matthew Brian Katz, 31, were booked Thursday, Nov. 18, into the Clay County Jail. They are expected to be charged with first-degree felony distribution of a controlled substance, the Moorhead Police Department said in a statement.
Officers received multiple tips that Swanson and Katz were allegedly transporting drugs from Minneapolis to Moorhead, police said. Clay County sheriff's deputies and Minnesota state troopers helped Moorhead police stop a vehicle that Swanson and Katz were traveling in Wednesday on Interstate 94, according to police.
Officers found 15 small bags of 343 blue pills marked “M30”, police said. The pill is commonly marketed as oxycodone, but it is actually a counterfeit that contains fentanyl.
Such pills have been responsible for doubling the amount of overdoses in the Fargo-Moorhead area, police said. Moorhead officers have responded to about 50 overdoses this year, compared to 22 in 2020, police said.
The street value of the pills found in the vehicle is about $12,000, police said.
“This case is a prime example why law enforcement agencies in both our Minnesota and North Dakota metro area need to be able to work together to fight against the distribution of this deadly drug,” Moorhead police said in their statement.