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Rochester, MN(KROC AM) - It started as a routine traffic stop and became one of Rochester’s biggest drug busts in recent memory.

A Rochester patrol officer pulled over a suspected impaired driver Sunday night and searched the vehicle.

The officer found 5 pounds of methamphetamine, 4,000 suspected Oxycodone pills and two handguns. The driver - 47-year-old Matthew Lyman of Mantorville - was arrested.

Olmsted County ADC

Investigators went to a residence in the 2100 block of 18 ½ Ave NW Tuesday and during a search, found 9 pounds of methamphetamine.

Two people who live at the residence were arrested. They were identified as 57-year-old Douglas Howard and 57-year-old Ann Jessen-Ford.

Olmsted County ADC
Olmsted County ADC


Police Capt. Casey Moilanen says this was “a significant drug bust” that appears to involve a “high level of drug dealing.”

Moilanen says it appears the meth came from a Mexican drug cartel.

Moilanen says in Rochester, an ounce of meth sells for approximately $700. A pound of meth sells for approximately $6,000. He says it's tricky to quantify a total value because larger quantities of drugs typically get a price break. He says oxycodone sells for $10-$15 per pill in Rochester.


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