UPDATE — 10/29/2022, 10:47 A.M.

FARGO, N.D. (KXNET) — A joint operation by law enforcement groups across Fargo resulted in the arrests of five individuals involved in the trafficking of multiple drugs — including counterfeit M30 pills, cocaine, marijuana, and more.

Beginning in August 2022, as reported by a Facebook post made by the Fargo Police Department, the group came together with the Moorhead, West Fargo, and Clay County law enforcement services (as well as the Cass County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration) to identify and detain a group of individuals selling counterfeit M30 Fentanyl Pills throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.

On Tuesday, October 25, the Red River Valley SWAT team and the Cass County Drug Task Force enacted a high-risk search warrant at an apartment building within the 4800 block of 47th Street South in Fargo at 6:03 a.m. This raid set off the building’s fire alarm and led to the detainment of five individuals.

Three of the building’s Fargo residents, all male — Ricky Walker (33), Shermaine Lewis (22), and Aaron Bennett (33), were all arrested on charges of conspiracy. When executing the SWAT operation, the following items were seized:

  • Over 7,000 M30 pills
  • 23 grams of a substance suspected to be cocaine
  • Two pistols
  • $21,354 in United States currency
  • 85 Gabapentin pills
  • 11 Xanax pills
  • 42 Grams of Marijuana

Of particular concern, reports the drug task force, are the M30 pills — believed to be counterfeits that have different ingredients than the actual medication. While the original M30, Oxycodone, is a pain reliever, counterfeit pills look identical and can contain lethal amounts of substances like Fentanyl and Methamphetamine.

In the Facebook post, Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski stated that “This outstanding effort highlights the importance of our regional collaborations and joint efforts as part of the Cass County Drug Task Force and DEA Task Force Officer Program. These arrests and the dangerous narcotics seized are but the tip of the iceberg in a growing and dangerous drug trafficking environment in which our community members are being poisoned by Fentanyl and other lethal drugs.”

This drug bust was not the only one that occurred the previous week, however: the Moorhead Police Department and Clay County Sherrif’s Office also conducted search warrants in the 900 block of 17th South Street and the 1000 block of 18th South Street in Moorhead. One arrest was made as a result of these searches — 29-year-old Curtis Lias from Moorhead, who was imprisoned on charges of Felony 5th Degree Controlled Substance and Gross Misdemeanor Child Endangerment.

The items seized as a result of the other warrants include the following:

  • 3 Pounds of Marijuana
  • $19,416 in United States currency
  • Two pistols

“Our metro law enforcement agencies have always worked together in a collaborative effort with the common goal of keeping our communities safe,” said Moorhead Police Chief Shannon Monroe. “This is another great example of that continuing effort.”

ORIGINAL STORY — PUBLISHED 10/25/2022, 10/25, 8:55 A.M.

FARGO, N.D. (KXNET) — The Fargo Police Department and Fire Department, in conjunction with the Red River Valley SWAT team, responded to a search warrant that led to five individuals being detained.

According to the Fargo Police Department’s Facebook page, at approximately 6:03 a.m. on October 25, the Red River Valley SWAT Team was called to assist the police and fire departments with a high-risk search warrant at an apartment in the 4800 block of the city’s 47th Street South. The building’s fire alarms also went off as a result of the investigation.

No injuries were reported during the operation.

This article will be updated as more details are released.