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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A third person has been charged in connection with two major drug busts in Rochester last week.

The criminal complaint against 24-year-old Elliott Wilkens indicates the Cannon Falls man was the target of an investigation into a recent series of burglaries and thefts when Rochester police and law enforcement officers from Mower County executed a search warrant at a home in Southeast Rochester on Thursday. Investigators spotted him leaving the home, which led to a traffic stop and a search of his vehicle. The criminal complaint filed against Wilkens says investigators found 11.5 pounds of cocaine, 7 pounds of fentanyl, and 15 pounds of marijuana. He is facing six first-degree drug charges and is being held on $500,000 bail.

Kim David/TSM
Kim David/TSM

Court documents also indicate Wilkens provided investigators with information like led to a raid at a Northwest Rochester hotel later in the day. That operation also resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of drugs, including 17 pounds of cocaine and 6 pounds of methamphetamine. Two Red Wing residents were arrested. 29-year-old Coby McKinley and 41-year-old Venus Melendez both face four first-degree drug charges. Bail for McKinley was set at $250,000, while bail for Melendez was set at $10,000.

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