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Rochester police recover $25,000 worth of drugs

An Owatonna man who led Steele County authorities on a pursuit Tuesday morning was arrested Wednesday in Rochester — with more than $25,000 worth of methamphetamine, officials said.

Members of the Rochester Street Crimes Unit received a tip that the 32-year-old was at a car dealership in the 2500 block of North Broadway and found him there Wednesday. After a brief struggle, they were able to handcuff the man and take him into custody.

A woman with him told officers the man had shown up at her hotel room Tuesday night, but she had no idea what was going on with him, said Capt. John Sherwin. After a search of the vehicle turned up 27 grams of meth, the woman gave authorities permission to search the hotel room, he said.

There, they found several bags of meth in the freezer compartment of the room's refrigerator; a total of 238.2 grams of meth were recovered.

Sherwin said the drug sells for between $125-$150 per gram, placing the estimated street value at $29,000.


The suspect reportedly has a felony drug warrant in Olmsted County, in addition to the warrant from Steele County. He's expected to be arraigned today or Friday; the woman wasn't charged.

The Post-Bulletin typically doesn't identify suspects until they've been charged.

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