ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities have arrested a 19th person in a drug bust.
The investigation was called "Operation Heatwave" and began several months ago with the help of local, state and federal authorities.
Twenty warrants were issued. Seventeen arrests were made in Rochester and one in Eau Claire, Wis.
Two people remained at large after the initial sweep Thursday.
Officers arrested Mario Jones, 30, Thursday night in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area after cooperation between local officials and those in the metro area.
"Another individual that was wanted for warrants pursuant to our investigation was arrested in the metro area," said Capt. Brian Winters of the Rochester Police Department. "We had previously shared information with a metro suburb with regards to where this individual was believed to be residing at the time, and that information ultimately led to his arrest."
Winters said the one remaining person at large is a long-time Rochester resident and authorities are confident they will arrest that person soon.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities arrested 18 people Thursday in an investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs in the Rochester area.
Rochester police Capt. Brian Winters said the arrests stem from several months of work by Rochester police, the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. As part of "Operation Heatwave," law enforcement worked to find people believed to be involved in the sale and distribution of marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in Rochester.
Law enforcement carried out arrest warrants starting at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Seventeen people were arrested in the Rochester area and one person was arrested in Eau Claire, Wis. Authorities are seeking two more people.
Capt. Winters considers Thursday's operation a success on all levels.
"It does speak to our commitment to the issue and these individuals certainly not only sold and distributed drugs in this community but represent a public safety risk to this community. Several of these people are involved in other criminal behavior."
Warrants led to the following arrests:
The 18 people arrested were taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center and are expected in court on Friday.
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