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Alleged ‘substantial supplier’ of heroin to Twin Ports arrested, charged
By News Tribune Today at 1:23 p.m.

A man described by authorities as a “substantial supplier of heroin to the Twin Ports area” faces up to 30 years in prison after being arrested on drug charges last week in Duluth.

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Torrance Elion, 45, who authorities said has an address listed in Detroit but also a residence in Duluth, was charged Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth with one count of felony first degree sale of 10 or more grams of heroin. If convicted, in addition to prison time, Elion faces up to $1 million in fines.

Elion appeared in court on Tuesday, where Judge Sally Tarnowski set bail at $300,000; prosecutors, citing Elion’s alleged role as a “substantial supplier of heroin” and his “substantial out-of-state ties,” had sought bail of no less than $150,000.

Elion remained in the St. Louis County Jail on Wednesday.

According to police and the criminal complaint:

Elion, who court records indicate goes by the nicknames “Old School” and “Wax,” was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. last Friday, following the execution of a search warrant at his apartment on the 10 block of East Fifth Street by officers from the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The criminal complaint states that prior to the search warrant, Elion “had been identified as a substantial supplier of heroin to the Twin Ports area over the course of several months of ongoing investigation.”

The search warrant turned up 15.2 grams of heroin on top of a kitchen cupboard.

Elion, who was seen leaving the apartment just before the search warrant was executed, was later arrested and, the complaint states, “confessed to selling significant amounts of heroin in the Duluth area.

“(Elion) explained that he has fronted so much heroin to others for sale in the Duluth area that he believes he is owed approximately $60,000,” the complaint states.

Elion has a felony criminal history in Minnesota dating back to 1994 across multiple metro and southeastern Minnesota counties, including weapons possession and controlled substance-related convictions.

He is due back in court in Duluth on Aug. 31.

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