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Two charged after million-dollar drug bust

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Criminal complaints have been filed against two of the people arrested Wednesday with about $1 million worth of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

Leticia Reyes-Ramirez, 23, of Chaska, has been charged with one count each of first-degree drug sale and first-degree drug possession, both felonies. She made her first appearance Friday in Olmsted County District Court, and remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 conditional bail.

Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas, 39, faces felony counts of being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His conditional bail was set at $350,000 after his first appearance Friday morning. He lists an Apple Valley address, court documents say.

Their next court appearances have not been set.

A third suspect, a 25-year-old woman from St. Paul Park, hadn't been charged yet Friday afternoon.

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The trio was arrested after a two-state, multi-agency narcotics investigation that culminated Wednesday in Rochester.

They'd been tracked by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Task Force, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and the Rochester Police Department, which made the arrests after a scheduled drug buy in a parking lot in southern Rochester.

When authorities attempted to take the suspects into custody, Flores-Lagonas drove off, ramming an unmarked police vehicle in the parking lot before heading west on 48th Street.

He eventually lost control of the car near Olmsted County Road 8, then got out and ran, the report says. Flores-Lagonas was quickly caught; he allegedly displayed a handgun at one point in the incident.

Officials seized 8 kilograms of meth and the firearm, said Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department. With an estimated street value of $125 per gram, the drugs are worth about $1 million.

Federal charges are possible, Sherwin said.

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