Pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine seized at Rochester hotel


Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) –Law enforcement seized pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine during a raid on a hotel in Rochester.

Coby McKinley, 29, and Venus Melendez, 41, each face four first-degree drug possession charges following a search warrant executed on Thursday. The criminal complaint says authorities seized 17 pounds of cocaine and 6 pounds of methamphetamine from a hotel in northwest Rochester, amounts that indicate an intent to sell.

Olmsted County Court
Olmsted County Court

Red Wing residents were seen by officers loading coolers and boxes into a vehicle in the Northwest Rochester hotel parking lot. Melendez told officers there was a bag in the vehicle containing methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Olmsted County Court
Olmsted County Court

Officers learned of the suspected drug activity at the hotel after executing a search warrant at a southeast Rochester residence earlier in the day, according to the complaint. McKinley and Melendez were arraigned Friday in Olmsted County Court.

McKinley. Olmsted County ADC
McKinley. Olmsted County ADC

McKinley’s bail was set at $250,000, while Melendez’s conditional bail was set at $10,000. Both are due back in court in October.

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