Three men were arrested Monday following an opioid overdose death investigation.

On Oct. 22, a 41-year-old woman was found unconscious in her residence on the 1100 block of North Central Avenue in Duluth, according to a news release from the Duluth Police Department. First responders attempted lifesaving efforts, but were unsuccessful. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy that determined the woman died accidentally from toxic effects of fentanyl and heroin.

Seth Daniel Nelson, 30, Jesse Wayne Merrill, 29, and Artist Samuel Sanders, 30, all of Duluth, are being held in St. Louis County Jail on pending charges of aiding and abetting third-degree murder. They are awaiting formal charges from the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

From left: Seth Nelson, Jesse Merrill and Artist Sanders
From left: Seth Nelson, Jesse Merrill and Artist Sanders

All three men have felony convictions in Minnesota.

The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force had investigated the death for nearly four months prior to the arrests.

In 2019, the Duluth police responded to 15 fatal opioid overdoses, according to the news release. This year, police have responded to two.

Anyone looking for an alternative to substance use can contact the Opioid Response Team Hotline at 218-730-4009 for information on available resources.