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Indictments for trio who obtained guns for 'gang war' in Minneapolis

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Three members of "violent" Minneapolis gangs are the subject of a federal indictment charging them with firearms crimes.

United States Attorney Andrew Luger announced on Friday charges for three men over their links to the Minneapolis-based Taliban and the Young N' Thuggin (YNT) gangs.

The charges are as follows:

  • Robert Winfield Anderson, aka "Rob Moe," 26, three counts of felon possession of a firearm, one of felon in possession of ammunition, one charge of conspiracy – felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
  • Robert Levelle Frelix, aka "Lil Rob," 24, same charges as above.
  • Shane Jamal Jackson, aka "Sunny," 23, one count of conspiracy in possession of firearms and ammunition, one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

The attorney's office says the trio are accused of having participated between June 2011-June 2015 in the activities of the Taliban and YNT, which are described as "closely associated street gangs" who make money through drug trafficking, armed robbery and thefts.

It also says in addition to this, "the purpose of the Taliban/YNT is to obtain and use firearms."

Documents filed in court refer to an "ongoing gang war" between the two gangs and their rivals – the 1-9 Dipset and Stick Up Boys gangs – which has resulted in the numerous shooting deaths of members on both sides.

The trio are accused of conspiring to illegally obtain and possess firearms for use in the street conflict, with Frelix and Jackson allegedly involved in a "gun battle" with rival members in North Minneapolis last September.

They will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau for a detention hearing on Monday.

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