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Drug and firearms bust leads to high-speed chase


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- An investigation into drugs and stolen firearms ended in a high-speed chase and several arrests.

Olmsted County deputies pulled over and arrested Chelsea Oswell on Wednesday.

She was wanted on outstanding warrants, and deputies say she had drugs on her at the time of her arrest.

That lead law enforcement to carry out a search warrant at the home she had been at on the 1500 block of 10th Avenue Southeast.

Two firearms, believed to be stolen, were recovered. Two more arrests were made.

On Thursday, Christine LaCroix was arrested for having what police call a "significant amount" of meth in her possession. James Johnson, a convicted felon, was also arrested for possession of a firearm.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, two others ran from law enforcement, taking off in two different cars, going east on Highway 14. An officer attempted to pull over one of the suspects near Eastgate Drive and Highway 14.

"Potentially these individuals were either directly or indirectly involved in or receiving the proceeds from these [crimes]," said Sgt. Tom Claymon of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.  "All three are serious crimes and they have a direct impact on our quality of life here in the community."

Initially the man pulled over, but when the officer began walking up to the car, the suspect took off. He continued to lead police on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

Within minutes officers had to call the chase off for safety reasons.

Deputies say they know who the driver is, but have yet to locate him.  Since the arrest, police have gained more information on additional individuals involved, but will not say how many people could be arrested in relation to the recent arrests.

"It's completely an unknown," Claymon said.  "People are being charged along the way -- we're definitely pursuing them to the fullest extent of the law."

According to neighbors, many visitors were often seen at the house where the arrests took place and loud noises could be heard coming from the residence.

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