Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Rochester Police seized hundreds of suspected fentanyl pills during a traffic stop earlier this week. 

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That’s according to Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen. He said Thursday the traffic stop occurred around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 3rd Ave. and 16th St. Southeast. 

Moilanen said the officer who conducted the stop knew the driver of a vehicle, identified as 41-year-old Lydelle Antwane Mack, had a canceled driver’s license. Moilanen said the officer approached the stopped vehicle and Mack, who is homeless in Rochester, opened the driver’s side door to speak with police. 

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The officer then noticed a spoon with a white powder in the door compartment that Mack claimed was toothpaste. The officer then asked Mack if there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. 

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Moilanen said Mack opened the glove compartment that contained a package of open marijuana, which is still prohibited to have in a motor vehicle despite the new state law.

The marijuana discovery prompted a vehicle search that led to the discovery of 665 M-30 pills that are typically laced with fentanyl. The criminal complaint, filed against Mack in Olmsted County Court Wednesday, says Mack also had more than $5,600 in cash on him at the time of his arrest.

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Mack was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of first-degree drug sales and first-degree drug possession. The judge in the case set his bail at $50,000 without conditions. 

Court records indicate Mack is awaiting sentencing in Freeborn County after being convicted of a felony protection order violation charge this past June. 

He’s due back in court for the Olmsted County drug case later this month.

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