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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrests of three people following two drug raids in Rochester this week.

Sheriff's Captain James Schueller says large amounts of fentanyl and ecstasy were seized in the raids on Wednesday and Thursday. The first occurred in the 800 block of Forest Hills Drive Southwest and resulted in the arrests of 50-year-old Tasha Stewart and 40-year-old Richard Hill on multiple felony drug charges. Schueller reported that investigators seized 273 ecstasy pills, 17 suspected counterfeit Percocet pills, along with some marijuana and marijuana wax.

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That was followed up by a raid yesterday in the 6100 block of South Pointe Drive Southwest. Captain Schueller says a search of that home led to the discovery of more than 148 grams, or about a quarter pound of suspected fentanyl, along with 60 capsules of suspected fentanyl. Investigators also seized a quantity of cash and a handgun. 63-year-old Benjamin Nichols was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree drug sales, second-degree drug possession, and being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm.

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