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  1. SmokeTwibz

    Authorities arrested 18 people Thursday morning in Rochester and Eau Claire, Wis., after the culmination of a months-long investigation into illegal drug sales in the Rochester area, Rochester police said.

    "Operation Heatwave" involved members of the Rochester Police Department, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force who worked to identify people believed to be involved in the sale and distribution of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in and around Rochester, said Capt. Brian Winters.

    The arrests started at around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Marshals Service joining the police department, sheriff's office, and drug task force in executing arrest warrants.

    Seventeen people were arrested in Rochester and one was arrested in Eau Claire. Two others are being pursued for arrest. All arrests were made by teams of officers comprised of at least one Rochester police officer. Men and women were among those arrested.

    The men and women arrested range in age from 20 and 49. It's difficult to say precisely where they all come from, but they all claim to be Rochester residents, Winters said.

    The majority of the people arrested Thursday are expected to be charged in state court, but at least four may be prosecuted in federal court.

    Everyone arrested was taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, and those expected to be charged in state court will most likely be arraigned on Friday in Olmsted County District Court, Winters said.

    The Post-Bulletin typically does not name people until criminal charges are filed. Authorities may have additional information on Friday morning.

    The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
    Posted: Nov 01, 2012, 4:18 pm

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  1. SmokeTwibz
    Operation Heatwave?? I wonder who comes up with the names for these operations?

    Anyway, I live in Rochester, MN. This is the first 'big' drug bust that has happened here since I started posting articles here at DF, and now that I think about it, the first article I ever posted here was an article about drug dogs and Rochester Public Schools.
  2. Emin
    Well it looks like I'm going to be having a harder time finding coke on the weekends. Interesting to hear about stories close to home.
  3. SmokeTwibz
    UPDATE: 19th arrest in drug investigation
    ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities have arrested a 19th person in a drug bust.

    The investigation was called "Operation Heatwave" and began several months ago with the help of local, state and federal authorities.

    Twenty warrants were issued. Seventeen arrests were made in Rochester and one in Eau Claire, Wis.
    Two people remained at large after the initial sweep Thursday.

    Officers arrested Mario Jones, 30, Thursday night in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area after cooperation between local officials and those in the metro area.

    "Another individual that was wanted for warrants pursuant to our investigation was arrested in the metro area," said Capt. Brian Winters of the Rochester Police Department. "We had previously shared information with a metro suburb with regards to where this individual was believed to be residing at the time, and that information ultimately led to his arrest."

    Winters said the one remaining person at large is a long-time Rochester resident and authorities are confident they will arrest that person soon.

    Posted: Nov 01, 2012 4:12 PM CDT
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