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Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - An announcement today concerning the federal crackdown on violent criminals in Minnesota included news of a major drug bust in Rochester.

US Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger, who was joined by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, announced the arrests of 10 people in connection with an alleged methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy based in Rochester. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team led a coordinated operation that involved more than 60 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. Luger says the operation also resulted in the seizure of drugs and firearms.

Andrew-Luger (Stearns County Attorneys Office)
(Stearns County Attorneys Office)

The 10 defendants are all facing federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and were identified as:

  • Scott Christopher Dobbelaere
  • Aaron Raymond Dombovy
  • Marshall Michael Galbreath
  • Edward Gary Kearns
  • Jerry Lee Milliken
  • Mercedes Kay Milliken
  • Lisa Marie Musolf
  • James Lee Nelson
  • Lisa Christine Phillips
  • Samuel Orlo Schafer

The charges against nine of the defendants involved 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, while defendant Lisa Musolf is charged with conspiracy involving a detectable amount of the drug. Documentation supplied by the US Attorney's Office also lists property belonging to the defendants that are subject to forfeiture as a result of the investigation, including more than $15,000 in cash and the number of vehicles.

Today's announcement by the US Attorney also included the arrests of 15 violent offenders in the seizure of 32 illegal firearms and machine guns in the Twin Cities.

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