Duluth Police: 21 charged in Chicago-to-Duluth drug trafficking operation; $725k of heroin, fentanyl off the streets

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Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 12:08 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) -21 people have been charged after the Duluth Police Department’s months-long investigation uncovered a major drug trafficking operation funneling fentanyl and heroin from Chicago to Duluth.

Police say the investigation began in June 2021.

Chicago resident Nicholas Calloway, 23, was the alleged leader of the Chicago-based Drug Trafficking Organization.

According to police, Calloway directed the transportation of heroin and fentanyl from Chicago where it was distributed to mid-level drug dealers in the Twin Ports area.

Investigators identified Calloway’s source of supply as Chicago resident Demetrius McCafferty, 34.

Both Calloway and McCafferty are currently being held in Chicago’s Cook County Jail, awaiting extradition to Minnesota.

During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that between June 2021 and December 2021, the Drug Trafficking Organization transported and sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl, which has a street value of $725,600.

Police say it’s approximately 18,140 doses.

So far, police say 14 people have been arrested.

Warrants have been issued for seven others.

Duluth Police’s Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force worked alongside several other agencies throughout the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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