Federal prosecutors charge 14 Minneapolis gang members in latest chapter of push to curb gun crimes


August 17, 2023

Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announces charges against 14 Minneapolis gang members with possession of machine guns and fentanyl trafficking Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis.

Fourteen alleged Minneapolis gang members - including two senior leaders of a prominent group - face new federal gun and drug charges as part of the government's latest push to bring down violence in the Twin Cities.

It is the second round since May of major charges targeting a set of street gangs blamed for much of the blood spilled during a three-year spike in gun crimes. Coming on the heels of complex criminal conspiracy charges filed against 45 alleged members of the Highs and Bloods street gangs this year, Wednesday's announcement now focused on the rival Lows gang from north Minneapolis by outlining the use of illegal machine guns and fentanyl trafficking throughout dozens of pages of charging documents.

"These are violent offenders who we wanted to get off the street quickly," U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said in a news conference announcing the charges.



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