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Cloquet man charged with third-degree murder in overdose death

CARLTON - A Cloquet man faces a third-degree murder charge for allegedly providing another man with a Fentanyl drug patch that triggered a fatal overdose.

CARLTON - A Cloquet man faces a third-degree murder charge for allegedly providing another man with a Fentanyl drug patch that triggered a fatal overdose.

Robert Todd Ferguson, 51, was arrested without incident Thursday in Cloquet, the Carlton County sheriff and attorney said in a news release. He was being held in the Carlton County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Authorities said Ferguson provided Paul Duane Mrosla, 25, with Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic, on Jan. 15. Emergency personnel responded to a Carlton address that day on a report of a drug overdose.

Attempts to revive Mrosla were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

A lengthy investigation was conducted by the Carlton County Sheriffโ€™s Office, Cloquet Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. After interviewing witnesses and medical experts, it was determined that Mrosla had died of an overdose from ingesting the Fentanyl.

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A warrant for Fergusonโ€™s arrest was issued Thursday.

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