Law enforcement arrests 10 drug dealers in Rochester’s meth program; names released in federal court

Those arrested on August 18 are as follows, according to Lt. Lee Rossman of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Edward Gary Kearns
  • Scott Christopher Dobbelaere
  • Samuel Orlo Schäfer
  • Lisa Christine Phillips
  • James Lee Nelson
  • Mercedes Kay Milliken
  • Jerry Lee Milliken

Three other people were in custody at the time of the arrests: Lisa Marie Musolf, Marshal Michael Galbreath and Aaron Raymond Dombovy.

All of those involved in the SE MN investigation appeared in federal court on Friday, August 19, and face charges of criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

It’s the result of a joint investigation by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Marshals Service, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Olmsted County. Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Police Department and other law enforcement partners.

Additionally, a joint law enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of 15 violent offenders and the seizure of 32 illegal firearms and machine guns in the Twin Cities, involving more than 100 law enforcement officers. federal, state and local, including out-of-state special response teams. The 15 defendants have been charged in federal court.

That’s compared to earlier this year, when federal, state and local officials announced a new operation to crack down on violent crime.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andrew Luger joined federal, state and local law enforcement officials and announced earlier this year that the strategy would “significantly increase” the role of federal law enforcement and of the US Attorney’s Office in the fight against violent crimes.

Luger also previously said the new strategy would target carjackings, illegal gun crimes, drug trafficking and gang activity. He also promised tough sentences for anyone prosecuted and convicted.

“Violent crime is at an all-time high and the statistics are alarming, but that’s only part of the story. The nature of violence has changed. Through their actions, weapons and words, violent offenders display an absolute disregard for the law and a disregard for human life,” said U.S. Attorney Luger. “The criminals are engaging in an appalling level of violence, using militaristic weapons and paraphernalia that not only change the nature of violence, but also the damage that results from it. Several recent cases and the law enforcement operations we are announcing today illustrate our strategy against violent crime in action. We are making progress in our efforts to break this trend to violent crime, but there is still work to be done. We will not give up; we owe it to our communities.