Posted at: 11/01/2012 3:55 PM
Updated at: 11/01/2012 9:38 PM
By: Dietrich Nissen
18 Arrested as Part of a Drug Investigation in Rochester
(ABC 6 News) -- Police are still searching for two men while 18 others sit in jail as part of a major drug bust Thursday morning.
The sweep was part of "Operation Heatwave." Police are confident they will capture the two remaining suspects in the next few days.
On Thursday morning officers searched a number of locations for one of the men but couldn't find him. They believe he's still in Rochester.
However, with 18 out of 20 in jail, they're calling the sweep a success.
Since last summer, a number of law agencies were busy setting up Thursday morning's sweep.
"It takes time, it takes a lot of effort," says Rochester Police Investigation’s Captain, Brian Winters. "It involved sales of drugs to undercover informants."
At 6:30 a.m., the sweep began. Teams of officers, including Rochester Police, the DEA, U.S. Marshal's, and the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, hit the city streets searching for the 20 different suspects.
"These individuals certainly not only sold and distributed drugs in this community, but, uh, represent a public safety risk to this community," says Winters.
During the raid, police found small amounts of drugs but no weapons. 17 suspects were caught in, or near, Rochester, while an 18th was taken in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
"No one was injured, uh, no one offered any significant resistance, and uh, all were taken to the Olmsted County [Adult] Detention Center," says Winters.
All of the suspects face state charges of selling drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroine and methamphetamine. Their ages range from 20 to 49-years-old, and include both men and women.
Four of the men are facing federal charges. They are Jimmy Barker Junior, Dwight Barnes, Quentin Graham, and Michael Brown.
Despite the successful sweep, police remain vigilant.
"To suggest that, uh, drugs are going to be impossible to be purchased on the- in the city of Rochester after this event, uh, would be a little premature," says Winters.
Police expect most of the suspects to be in charged in Olmsted County court on Friday.
Names of those arrested, but not yet charged.
Chandler Neal Mullins, 40 years old (5th degree Sales)
Adolph Donte Valentine 30 years old (1st degree sales)
Wendy Joyce Moore 21 years old (1st degree Sales)
Angela Marie Burt 32 years old (1st degree Sales)
Rayshawn Earl Motley 42 years old (1st degree Sales)
Varajalon Natajvi Koisef Hodges, 28 years old (1st degree Sales)
Samantha Jo Bocik 20 years old (1st degree Sales)
Richard NMN Mayweathers 29 years old (4th degree Sales)
Curtis Lamon Caradine 34 years old (1st degree Sales)
Adrijana Andrijasevich 27 years old (2nd degree Sales
Hamada Abubakar Wallin 29 year old (1st degree Sales)
Ann Marie Jessen-Ford 49 year old (2nd degree Sales)
Rodney Darrell Salter 25 year old (2nd degree Sales)
Jimmy Joe Barker Jr 3/7/87 (Federal Indictment- 1st degree Sales)
Dwight Frederick Barnes 1/10/70 (Federal Indictment- 1st degree Sales)
Quentin Michael Graham 10/6/85 (Federal Indictment- 1st degree Sales)
Michael Anthony Ray Brown, AKA “Murder” 8/8/84 (Federal Indictment- 1st degree Sales)
Richard Allen Dalton, 34 years old (1st degree Sales) - Arrested in Eau Claire Wisconsin by local Wisconsin authorities