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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Minneapolis Felon Charged With Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, Possession With Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minneapolis man has been indicted for firearms violations and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on February 16, 2022, Jyron Mendale Young, 37, was in possession of a Taurus model PT738 .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, as well as separate rounds of Blazer 9mm Luger ammunition, and Winchester .380 caliber ammunition. Young was also found in possession of controlled substances, namely fentanyl and methamphetamine. Because Young has multiple prior felony convictions in Hennepin County, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

Young is charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of ammunition as a felon, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Young was previously charged by complaint and remains in detention pending further court proceedings.

This case was 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, the Bloomington Police Department, the Richfield Police Department, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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.

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