Cloquet man arrested on charges of murder related to a Fentanyl patch overdose

By KBJR News 1

September 5, 2014 Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- After a nearly eight month investigation, a Cloquet man has been charged with murder in the drug overdose of a Carlton man.

51-year-old Robert Todd Ferguson was arrested yesterday and charged with third degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Paul Duane Mrosla.

On January 15, authorities were called to Mrosla's parents home at 615 3rd Street in Carlton on reports of him being unconcious and possibly sufferring from a drug overdose.

Mrosla was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation revealed that Mrosla had been at a friend's home in Cloquet where he began to show signs of an overdose.

His friends panicked and drove him to his parents home, where he soon died in the back seat of a car.

Multiple witnesses and medical experts were part of a lenghty and intensive investigation, which determined that Mrosla died due to ingesting Fentanyl,

Pertler says the investigation revealed that Ferguson had a prescription for Fentanyl and he sold some to Mrosla the night he overdosed.

Pertler says this is the first case of it's kind in Carlton County where someone is being charged for allegedly providing drugs to someone else who then died.

For the attorney's office, the charge comes with a strong message.

"If we come across reports and investigations that indicate people selling drugs to other people and the people they're selling drugs to die, you can bet we'll be there and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law."

Pertler says Ferguson does not have a criminal record.

Ferguson appeared in court this morning, and bail was set at $20,000

His next court apperance is set for September 15.

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