More Chicago scum selling their poison in Duluth. This is really getting tiring.
Two men accused of Duluth heroin, fentanyl sales
By Tom Olsen Today at 6:13 p.m.
Ricky Antoinne Osborne (left) and Matthew Robert Bloxton
Two men, including one with prior convictions for drug sales, face charges after police allegedly seized heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and marijuana during the execution of a search warrant last week in Duluth.
Ricky Antoinne Osborne, 33, of Rochester, Minn., and Matthew Robert Bloxton, 21, of Chicago, were charged this week in State District Court with first-degree sale of a controlled substance.
Authorities said they seized more than 50 grams of substances that tested positive for heroin and fentanyl, along with smaller amounts of marijuana and meth during the Thursday search that was initiated by a tip.
Osborne has two prior convictions in Olmsted County for controlled substance sales and remains on supervised release in one of those cases. He remains in the St. Louis County Jail without bail on a Minnesota Department of Corrections hold.
Bloxton is being held on $75,000 bail. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaints:
Investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force obtained a search warrant for a residence on the 2800 block of West Third Street after receiving information about suspected drug sales.
Before they were able to begin the search, the investigators reported seeing two men leave the residence and followed them to Randy’s Cafe, 2125 W. Superior St. Authorities requested and received an additional warrant to search the men.
Investigators searched a backpack carried by the men, finding 40.5 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl and heroin, plus an additional package containing 11.39 grams of a substance that tested positive for fentanyl.
Smaller packages of marijuana and meth also were recovered from the backpack.
Bloxton allegedly admitted that he and Osborne had traveled from Chicago to Duluth. He stated that a woman had rented a hotel room for them and that they were later taken to the Third Street address, where they smoked marijuana for a short time before going to the cafe.
Bloxton allegedly admitted to carrying the backpack, but denied any involvement in selling drugs. He was carrying $240 in cash, police said.
Osborne was found in possession of more than $4,600 in cash — most of it in his shoes. He declined to speak with investigators. However, investigators said a tablet computer found in the backpack was signed into his Facebook account.
Four other arrests were made during the operation. One woman was taken into custody on a fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance charge, and others were arrested for probation violations.