UPDATE: Names, charges released for those arrested at Motel 6
(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE: Rochester police released the names and charges for those arrested at Rochester’s Motel 6 Wednesday evening.
23-year-old Kanell Powers, of Rochester, is listed as part of the Wednesday investigation.
Powers was arrested for controlled substance crimes Monday, Aug. 8.
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On Wednesday, Rochester police also arrested 19-year-old Charles Harrison Hadler of Lake City, and referred charges of 5th-degree controlled substance crime.
30-year-old Heather Nicole Nery of Rochester, who appeared in court Friday, Aug. 12, is accused of 5th-degree drug possession. Police claim that Nery had needles and about 4.7 grams of methamphetamine in her possession on Wednesday.
31-year-old Anthony Dominique Lindsey of Rochester was also arrested for allegedly violating a DANCO and interferring with a 9-1-1 call.
25-year-old Malik Lincoln Hilton was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, as was an unnamed 16-year-old boy from Rochester, who faces possible 5th-degree controlled substance charges.
Hilton is scheduled to appear in Freeborn County Court for a 2021 theft charge on Monday, Aug. 15.
The teen was released to his parents.
27-year-old Shomari Haneef Carter, of Rochester, was also part of the Wednesday investigation.
Carter was ticketed for obstructing the legal process.
(ABC 6 News) – Multiple search warrants executed at the Motel 6 in Rochester led to the discovery of fentanyl, methamphetamine and weapons Wednesday.
Around 4 p.m. Rochester police officers allocated significant resources to execute warrants on estimated five rooms resulting in seven arrests.
"Considering the public safety concern with the sale of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine and fentanyl, in an environment like this, we moved quickly to shut down that operation and to stop those activities… selling narcotics from a location in broad daylight here is unacceptable in the terms of public safety," Capt. Aaron Penning said.
Police said officers had to break down some of the doors in order to get into the rooms while some of the people involved were not cooperative. Non-lethal defense weapons were used such as pepper spray to detain those individuals who were not cooperating.
The Emergency Response Unit (ERU), Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) and Patrol collaborated on the effort.
Police said there is no ongoing threat to motel guests.
"We’ve had multiple overdoses in the city of Rochester, as everyone knows, and we take that drug very seriously as a public safety concern. This is our response to that drug is getting it off the street, doing it quickly with all of our resources, if needed," Penning said.
Additional information will be added to this article as it becomes available.