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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