Rochester man’s guilty plea caught with 7.5 pounds of cocaine

Rochester, Minnesota (News KROC-AM) – A plea deal has been reached to settle charges stemming from a large drug bust in Rochester earlier this year.

Roberto Nieves, 33, pleaded guilty today to a charge of first degree drug possession. Under the plea agreement, another first-degree drug charge will be dismissed. The agreement provides for a recommended sentence of just under five years in prison.

CDA Photo of Olmsted County

CDA Photo of Olmsted County

Nieves was arrested in February after Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at his home in the 3700 block of Kenosha Drive Northwest and found nearly 7 1/2 pounds of cocaine inside the safe located in the training room downstairs. The criminal complaint says investigators also found more than $55,000 in cash during a search of the home’s master bedroom, along with digital scales and packing materials.

A sentencing hearing for Nieves has yet to be scheduled.

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