After a tip from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police and following a controlled delivery of a package with an undercover officer, a Texas man was arrested in Owatonna and charged with drug possession. The Just the Facts newsletter from the Owatonna Police Department (OPD) reports that officers worked with members of the South Central Drug Investigation Unit (SCDIU).

The report indicates a detective with the airport police informed the SCDIU April 20 "of a package destined for Owatonna that contained 54.5 grams of presumptive cocaine and 139.3 grams of presumptive marijuana. Working with airport police, SCDIU agents and Owatonna Police detectives planned a controlled delivery of the package utilizing an undercover officer."

After delivery, "a search warrant was executed at [200 block] Linden Avenue where the receiver of the package was arrested." Thirty-five year old Roberto Rocha of Odessa, TX was also found to have a warrant on him in a weapons case. He faces possession charges in the drug case.


Tony Malepsy, who had previously served with OPD as a Community Service Officer is the department's newest officer. He has also served with the Steele County and Rice County Sheriffs' Departments.


OPD is happy to report that officers assisted with the recent "Truck to Trunk" food distribution at the Steele County Fairgrounds, "Community Service Officer Julia Hanson, reserves Bill Traetow, Asberry Thoreson, Maddie Ziegler and Explorers Dietrich Piepho and Abby Morriss helped load cars."

Read the full Just the Facts newsletter.

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