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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a New Mexico man who was released from custody without bail shortly after he was arrested in connection with a significant Rochester drug bust in 2022.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for 57-year-old Jeffrey Charles Podolske after the former Rochester man failed to show up in court for a required evidentiary hearing last Friday. He is charged with first-degree drug sales and second-degree drug possession. The criminal complaint in the case also indicates he was wanted on an active nationwide extraditable warrant from New Mexico at the time of his arrest.

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The charges state Podolske was taken into custody on the warrant after he was pulled over by a police officer who had spotted him driving a motorcycle without license plates in southeast Rochester on the morning of October 3, 2022. The court document says the officer observed Podolske remove a leather vest and place it in the saddlebag on the motorcycle.

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While he was being searched following his arrest, the complaint says $1600 in cash was found on his person. A later search of the motorcycle led to the discovery of 685 suspected counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl in the leather vest along with another $1000 in cash.

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