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Police recover more than 14 pounds of meth, 4,000 pills during drug bust

Three people have been arrested and charged in connection to the drugs.

Police in Rochester recovered around 14 pounds of methamphetamine and about 4,000 oxycodone pills during a drug investigation that led to charges against three people. 

The drug bust began when Matthew James Lyman, 47, of Mantorville, was pulled over at 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 17 for suspected driving under the influence, the criminal complaint says. In his vehicle, police found backpacks filled with a .38 caliber revolver that had been stolen in Florida, a semi-automatic handgun, more than 3,000 oxycodone hydrochloride pills weighing more than 500 grams, about 5 pounds of methamphetamine, and 0.39 grams of cocaine. 

After he was transported to jail, officers found $2,260 on him. 

Officers determined that the amount of cash and drugs were in excess of personal use, so Lyman intended to sell it, the complaint states. 

Officers received information that Lyman and others had drugs at a home at 2109 18 1/2 Ave. NW in Rochester, so on Jan. 19, police searched the home. There, they met Ann Marie Jessen-Ford, 57, and Douglas Ray Howard, 57, who both live there. 

Inside, police found more than 8 pounds of methamphetamine in the bedroom where Ford and Howard live, the complaint says. 

Lyman is charged with first-degree sale of drugs, first-degree drug possession, DWI, receiving stolen property, fifth-degree drug possession, first-degree sale of drugs and first-degree possession.

Ford and Howard are each charged with first-degree sale of drugs and first-degree possession. 

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