FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Over the past two months, Agents with the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVOTF) have been conducting a narcotics investigation involving the sales of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing Fentanyl, commonly referred to as M30 Pills, by Jerrell Bryan Skelton (Age: 35) of Faribault.
During the investigation, Agents conducted surveillance and observed Skelton meet with individuals for short durations where it appeared Skelton was selling controlled substances. Agents obtained controlled substance related search warrants for his person, vehicle and residence located at 610 8th Street NW in the city of Faribault.
On 05/19/2023, Agents observed Skelton in his vehicle and eventually parked in the Burger King parking lot. As Agents executed the search warrant Skelton exited his vehicle and attempted to flee towards the wooded area. Agents were able to apprehend and detain Skelton without incident as Skelton did not initially comply. Agents located a plastic bag containing 26 suspected M30 Fentanyl pills in Skelton’s hand.
After Skelton was arrested agents executed a search warrant at Skelton’s residence and located an additional 378 M30 Fentanyl Pills and approximately 4 grams of cocaine.
Skelton was charged by the Rice County Attorney’s Office for multiple controlled substance related felonies. This is the third time Skelton has been arrested for possession with intent to distribute M30 Fentanyl pills in the past six months.
CRDVOTF Commander Scott O’Brien commented “M30 Fentanyl Pills continue to be the main cause of overdose deaths in our communities and across the nation. Just one pill can result in instant death for our youth and others that are addicted to this dangerous drug. This seizure likely saved many lives in our community and I’m proud of the agents who continue to arrest and hold these dangerous criminal’s accountable.”
Contact: Commander Scott O’Brien, Cannon River Drug & Violent Offender Task Force