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Native Mob member sentenced for drug trafficking, firearm charges

Tevin Jay Maurstad of Minneapolis was sentenced to 270 months in prison on Wednesday.

A Minneapolis man and member of the Native Mob was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for drug trafficking and firearm charges on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

Tevin Jay Maurstad, 25, was initially convicted in October on six counts of drug trafficking and firearm violations. According to United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald, Maurstad is a member of the Native Mob gang.

“With this sentence, the court has recognized the danger he imposes to communities and has sentenced him accordingly,” MacDonald said in a statement.

According to the trial, Maurstad was pulled over in August 2016 in Morrison County for a traffic violation. During the stop, officers found a loaded handgun, a pound of methamphetamine and digital scales in the vehicle’s hood. 

Law enforcement again pulled over Maurstad in January 2018. Maurstad was unable to produce a license, but officers again found methamphetamine in the car’s paneling.

A February 2018 search of a storage unit owned by Maurstad found a large quantity of ammunition, firearm accessories and Native Mob paraphernalia.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Department of Correction helped investigate the case. 

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