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Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for being the ringleader of a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking operation based in Rochester.

US Attorney Andrew Lugar says 40-year-old Jerry Lee Milliken went before a federal judge on Thursday and entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The conviction can result in a sentence of life in prison.

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According to court documents, Milliken led a conspiracy to bring meth from a supplier in Kansas City, Missouri, to sub-distributors in the Rochester area to be sold throughout southeastern Minnesota. Between September 2021 and February of this year, about 80 pounds of methamphetamine connected to the operation was seized by law enforcement.

A second defendant in the case, 30-year-old Aaron Dombovy, entered a guilty plea to the same charge on Wednesday.

Wabasha County Sheriff's Office (click to enlarge)
Wabasha County Sheriff's Office (click to enlarge)

Milliken previously served a 9-year sentence in state prison for a drug conviction in 2018. He was arrested in the fall of 2017 after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his home in northwest Rochester and found 1.3 pounds of meth.

The website for the Minnesota Department of Corrections indicates Milliken was enrolled last May in the state's Challenge Incarceration Program, which grants successful participants early release from prison under intense supervision.

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