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3 arrested in Fargo on suspicion of selling fentanyl pills

Law enforcement also arrested a Moorhead man who allegedly had 3 pounds of marijuana.

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Pills marked with M30, like the ones seen in this photo, have been found to contain fentanyl, despite being marketed by drug dealers as oxycodone pills.
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FARGO — Three Fargo men have been arrested on suspicion of selling fentanyl pills.

Red River Valley SWAT officers on Tuesday, Oct. 25, took Shermaine Edward Lewis, 22, Rickey Walker and Aaron Demond Bennett, both 33, into custody during a search of an apartment in the 4800 block of 47th Street South, according to a news release sent Thursday.

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Aaron Bennett
Cass County Jail

Law enforcement said they found more than 7,000 fentanyl pills, 23 grams of suspected cocaine, 42 grams of marijuana, 85 gabapentin pills, 11 Xanax pills, two pistols and over $21,000 during the search.

Several local agencies have been working together since August to target individuals selling fentanyl pills in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the release said.

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Rickey Walker
Cass County Jail

Police have warned residents that blue M30 pills marketed as oxycodone are fake and contain unknown amounts of fentanyl or meth, which are deadly, law enforcement said.

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Walker, Bennett and Lewis appeared Wednesday in Cass County District Court on one felony count each of conspiracy to possess opiates with intent to manufacture or deliver. They face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Officers also arrested 29-year-old Curtis Devon Lias during a separate search of his Moorhead home at 911 17th St. S. They found 3 pounds of marijuana, two pistols and over $19,000. Lias faces three fifth-degree felony charges of possessing a controlled substance and up to five years in prison.

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Shermaine Lewis
Cass County Jail

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