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UPDATE: Man Arrested in Large Marijuana Bust Facing Several Felony Charges

UPDATE: Man Arrested in Large Marijuana Bust Facing Several Felony Charges

October 19, 2018 04:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE: According to the Rochester Police Department, Jeffrey Lawstuen was carrying 227 lbs. of marijuana when he was stopped and arrested by police Thursday. 

A search warrant was executed at Lawstuen's home located at 1822 18 1/2 Street NW. 

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According to court documents, he was moving the drugs from California to Rochester when he was arrested.

He's now facing four felony counts related to the possession and sale of a controlled substance across state borders and being in possession of ammunition and a firearm.

Documents also show that Lawstuen had previously been convicted of similar crimes in other states.

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One man is in custody after officers caught him transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana, the Rochester Police Department said. 

According to Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin, the department had been investigating a man they believed was moving a large amount of narcotics from California to Rochester, Minnesota. 

Sherwin said officers pulled the man's vehicle over somewhere between Interstate 90 and Highway 63 around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. Officers executed a search warrant and sent in a K-9 officer. 

Sherwin said officers found well over 200 lbs. of marijuana in the vehicle, with an estimated street value of over half a million dollars, as well as a loaded handgun.

Police arrested the man, 44-year-old Jeffrey Lawstuen, of Rochester. 

According to Sherwin, officers also executed a second search warrant at Lawstuen's home in northwest Rochester Thursday morning. 

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