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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Andrew M. Luger
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Zerna

Brooklyn Park Felon Indicted for Possessing a Firearm, Glock Switch

MINNEAPOLIS – A Brooklyn Park man has been indicted for possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing an auto sear, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on March 15, 2022, officers with the Robbinsdale Police Department initiated a traffic stop of a black Chevrolet Suburban. The driver, later identified as Markyse Maurice Wells, 24, ran from the officers after being asked to step out of the vehicle. After a foot chase and a search of the area, officers found Wells hiding in the bathroom of a nearby gas station and was taken into custody. Inside the center console of Wells’s vehicle, officers found a Glock model 27 pistol with an extended magazine and an auto sear, commonly referred to as a “switch.” An auto sear is a device used to convert a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm and is considered a machinegun under federal law.

Wells is charged with illegal possession of a machinegun and possession of a firearm as a felon. Because he has prior felony convictions in Hennepin County, Wells is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Robbinsdale Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

St. Paul Field Division