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Six arrested following months-long crack cocaine investigation in Rochester

Six arrested following months-long crack cocaine investigation in Rochester

Local authorities concluded a narcotics investigation on Tuesday by arresting six individuals in Rochester.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the suspects had been selling crack cocaine to an informant for two months. In all, investigators purchased more than $6,000 in drugs from the following individuals:

  • Anthony Mitchell, 33, Rochester
  • Jemicia Mitchell, 34, Rochester
  • Briante Banks, 22, Wisconsin (exact city unknown)
  • Dwayne Smith, 49, Rochester
  • William Mills, 53, Rochester 

Two of the arranged purchases led officers on pursuits through the city. The first incident happened around 4:15 p.m. near the fairgrounds; the other about three hours later in the same area. In both cases officers were forced to discontinue the pursuit due to safety concerns.

However, the car in the earlier pursuit ended up crashing on its own. Authorities arrested Anthony and Jemicia Mitchell at the scene. Banks was located a short time later hiding in a stranger's closet. 

Jemicia required emergency medical treatment following her arrest. According to the sheriff's office, Anthony failed to put the vehicle in park and one of the tires rolled over Jemicia's foot.

The suspect in the second pursuit is still missing. Authorities have not yet released the individual's name.



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