Charges: Fentanyl Dealing Evidence Uncovered in Recent Rochester Traffic Stop
Officers stopped a vehicle seen driving without headlights on 3rd Ave. Southeast around 12:45 Monday morning. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Leontan Troy of Rochester, was seen by police with marijuana on his lap and told officers he was rolling a joint, a Police Spokesman said.
The criminal complaint in the case, filed Wednesday in Olmsted County Court, says officers also saw Troy wearing a fanny pack that appeared to be holding a firearm. Officers seized the pack and confiscated a 9mm handgun that was inside of it.
The charges say Troy tried to flee the scene on foot but was ultimately arrested by police on suspicion of possessing a handgun without a permit. Troy was taken to the Olmsted County Jail.
After he exited the squad car, police found a large quantity of M30 pills suspected of being laced with fentanyl that were left in the area of the squad vehicle he was sitting in. The pills weighed out to more than 73 grams, which equates to hundreds of single-use doses, the complaint says.
Officers who were back at the scene of the traffic stop searched the vehicle Troy was riding in and discovered several hundred dollars in cash, a scale, and a large number of small clear plastic bags. The court document says the large quantity of suspected fentanyl and the items seized from the vehicle are indicative of drug sale activity.
Back at the jail, Troy began showing symptoms of a narcotics overdose and was taken from the jail to a hospital for an evaluation.
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Troy survived the apparent overdose and was arraigned on charges of felony first-degree drug sales, first-degree drug possession, a gross misdemeanor count of carrying a pistol without a permit and gross misdemeanor carrying a pistol without a permit.
It was one of two cases Troy was arraigned on in Olmsted County Court on Thursday. He’s also facing a felony terroristic threats charge after being accused of sending text messages to a juvenile boy threatening to shoot his mother.
Court records indicate Troy posted his $50,000 conditional cash bail on Thursday. He’s due back in court for both cases later this month.
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