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Policy intern to Mayor Jacob Frey charged with gun, drug offenses

The 28-year-old had been offered a job by the mayor after his previous release from prison.

A Minneapolis man who started working for Mayor Jacob Frey after impressing him following his release from prison has been charged with gun and drug offense.

Keegan Rolenc, 28, was stopped by police after running a stop sign in Minneapolis on Sunday evening.

When they searched his car, they found a loaded handgun with a live round in the chamber, and a quantity of suspected cocaine in a backpack, according to a criminal complaint.

A test later confirmed that the substance was cocaine, with police also finding a spiral notebook that included a list of names under the title "owe me," along with a digital scale and more than $2,200 in cash.

Rolenc's story has been followed by the Star Tribune for several years now, starting in late 2016 when the newspaper detailed how he had been sentenced to a year in solitary confinement, with the article describing the psychological toll solitary was taking on inmates.

After he was released from prison, Rolenc met Mayor Frey and the pair struck up a friendship, with the mayor impressed by his efforts to turn his life around after his release.

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FOX 9 reports he initially tried to help him get a real estate license, but it was denied due to his previous felony convictions. Frey then offered him a $15-an-hour role as a policy fellow working on housing and economic inclusion issues in his office.

Rolenc only started the role last month, and was due to appear alongside Frey at an event on Tuesday, the day after his arrest.

Frey told the Star Tribune he was "totally gutted" to learn of his arrest, saying: "If the allegations are true, the disappointment is cavernous."

Rolenc's previous convictions include two for drug offenses, one for a drive-by shooting, and 3rd-degree assault for which he is still on probation.

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