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Police: More than 200 pounds of marijuana seized in southern MN traffic stop

Jeffrey Lawstuen

More than 200 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $500,000 was seized early this morning in Olmsted County.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 9:54 AM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 11:07 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – More than 200 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $500,000 was seized early this morning in Olmsted County.
“I can’t remember the last time we seized this amount,” Cpt. John Sherwin said.
Rochester police said the investigation centered on a person believed to be transporting narcotics and marijuana from California to Rochester.
Jeffrey Lawstuen, 44, of Rochester, was arrested and found with a loaded handgun in his vehicle at 3:30 Thursday morning near Interstate-90 and Highway 63. He is facing charges for first-degree sales of a controlled substance. A search of a residence in northwest Rochester was also executed.
The Minnesota State Patrol and the K-9 unit assisted in the investigation.

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