Local authorities stop 3 pounds of meth from entering Rochester
Authorities on Friday seized three pounds of meth that was shipped to Rochester via FedEx. The package's intended recipient was also taken into custody.
Police were tipped off that morning about a suspicious item addressed to a Rochester hotel room. A K9 officer sniffed the package and indicated narcotics were inside, according to the police report.
Local authorities obtained a search warrant and discovered the meth, which carries a street value of more than $120,000.
Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said at Monday morning's press briefing that the type of delivery is consistent with how Mexican cartels smuggle drugs into cities across the U.S.
Police set up an undercover delivery to the intended recipient, who was staying at the Kahler Grand Hotel in downtown Rochester. The suspect — identified as Jose Tafolla Rojas, 26, of Hacienda Heights, Calif. — was taken into custody after taking possession of the drugs, says the report.
Rojas is now in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. He faces felony charges of first-degree possession and sales of a controlled substance.