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Police arrest Rochester man for suspected drug sales connected to fatal overdose

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester police have made an arrest connected to an overdose death from February.

Lam Yieb, 23, of Rochester, faces a 3rd degree murder charge in connection to the sale of fentanyl and cocaine that led to the death of a man, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint said police found the deceased victim in the 600 block of 4th Avenue in northwest Rochester on Feb. 4.

A witness said that Yieb sold the victim a blue pill with the letter "M" and the number "30" on it. Yieb also claimed the defendant pushed the victim and the witness to take the pill because he "wanted to know what they thought of it."

While speaking about the victim's death, text messages reportedly show Yieb saying, "Damn it was them percs. I knew them things will kill u I had to quit those." "Percs" is shorthand for Percocet, an opioid-based painkiller.

Yieb denies selling cocaine and the pill, but admitted to selling the victim marijuana.

The Rochester Police Department previously issued warnings about pills with the same description after an uptick in overdose deaths earlier in the year.

Kilat Fitzgerald

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