Traffic Stops Leads to Large Fentanyl Bust in Rochester
The criminal complaint, filed in Olmsted County Court Wednesday, says a Rochester Police Officer on patrol saw a vehicle registered to a man with a canceled license at the Apollo gas station at the intersection of 4th St. and 11th Ave. Southeast.
The officer then followed the vehicle seven blocks west to the Holiday on 4th St. Southeast before pulling it over on Civic Center Dr. The court document says the driver, identified as 28-year-old Alexander Blake Leininger of Rochester, was displaying behaviors of someone using a controlled substance while the officer was observing him.
During the stop the officer spotted several pieces of tin foil coated with a black residue in the vehicle after ordering Leininger to exit the vehicle. Upon further search, police found a package with a plastic container holding 30.5 grams of a liquid substance that tested positive for fentanyl, the complaint says.
The package also contained needles and additional pieces of burnt tinfoil, according to the court document.
Leininger was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of first-degree drug possession. His conditional bail was set at $10,000. Leininger is due back in court later this month.