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Grand Forks drug bust puts police, public on edge

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FARGO — A dangerous drug found in an unlikely source has put regional law enforcement on alert, and police are warning the public to stay vigilant.

The message is coming from Grand Forks, where 57-year-old Michael Kotaska was recently arrested.

Police say they took an eye-dropper from him that tested positive for furanyl fentanyl.

It's a substance commonly abused by opiate addicts.

The Grand Forks Police Department says there have been similar cases in Fargo. That's why they're asking the public, and especially parents, to keep an eye out for people hiding the drug.

Police say the drug:

-- Dissolves into liquids, and can also be mixed into other substances.

-- Is commonly laced with other drugs; specifically heroin, Xanax, Oxycodone and Percocet.

-- Is deadly on its own.

-- Is 100 times more powerful than heroin, and a two-to-three-milligram dose can kill an adult.

Opioid abuse is already at epidemic levels in our community.

Paramedics with F-M Ambulance had to use the overdose reversal drug Narcan 99 times last year.

That doesn't include the 19 people who died in Cass County or the seven who died in Clay County.

Drew Trafton

I joined the WDAY 6 news team in September of 2013 as a weekend anchor and reporter. I am currently the Assitant News Director and 5p.m. anchor. Previous to arriving in the F-M area, I worked as a broadcast journalist at the CBS affiliate (KTVQ) in Billings, Montana (sidenote: my hometown). I have worn many hats in my young broadcast career as an anchor, reporter, producer, sports producer and online producer. However, my favorite role to play is storyteller. Off the clock (are we ever really off the clock?) I enjoy taking in a sporting event on TV or in person. On the professional level, I root for Seattle teams. As a graduate of the University of Montana, I also enjoys FCS football (but forgive my allegiance). I also enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to good music and frolicking in the outdoors. I enjoy those things all the more when I can do them with my wife and our daughter. If you have a story idea for me, or just want to say hello, you can send me an email!

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