NY: Rochester traffic stop leads to discovery of 14 lbs of methamphetamine

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Three people were arrested after a Sunday traffic stop led police to execute a search warrant Tuesday at Northwest Rochester home.

Rochester police conducted a traffic stop about 10:40 p.m. Sunday in the area of 16th Street Southwest and Greenview Drive after seeing a vehicle failing to signal a lane change and drifting in its lane of travel.

The driver, 47-year-old Matthew Lyman, whom the officer recognized from previous interactions, began yelling at the officer and would not allow the officer to explain the driving violations, according to the criminal complaint. A second officer conducted standard field sobriety tests and determined that Lyman displayed signs that he was under the influence of a controlled substance.

A police dog was used to do a narcotics sniff around the vehicle and alerted the officer that controlled substances were present. A gray backpack containing a stolen .38 caliber revolver and a semi-automatic handgun as well as three tightly wrapped packages and a plastic bag with a large amount of pills were found inside the vehicle, according to the complaint. Another backpack was found with three additional plastic bags containing a crystal rock-like substance.

According to the complaint, the backpacks contained in excess of 3,000 suspected oxycodone pills and approximately 5 pounds of meth.

Lyman, of Mantorville, is charged in Olmsted County District Court with three felony counts of first-degree drug sales, three felony counts of first-degree drug possession as well as felony charges of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and receiving stolen property.

He was also charged with gross misdemeanor traffic-DWI. He made his first appearance on the charges Wednesday morning where Judge Lisa Hayne set conditional bail at $300,000 and unconditional bail at $500,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 3.

A search warrant also was obtained for a residence in the 2100 block of 18½ Avenue Northwest on the belief that Lyman had additional meth stored at that residence, Moilanen said.

Inside the residence, officers reportedly found 8 pounds of meth. The homeowners, identified by police as Douglas Howard, 57, and Ann Jessen-Ford, 57, were also arrested.

Howard and Jessen-Ford were both charged with first-degree drug sales and first-degree drug possession. Both are felony charges.

Both were ordered held on $50,000 conditional bail or $100,000 unconditional bail by Judge Hayne at their first appearances in Olmsted County District Court.

The investigation is ongoing, but Moilanen said the packaging of the drugs was indicative of coming from a cartel. According to police, an ounce of meth sells for approximately $700 in Rochester. A pound of meth sells for approximately $6,000. In Rochester, oxycodone sells for $10 to $15 per pill.

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