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Armed Career Criminal Charged With Illegal Possession Of A Firearm, Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a three count federal indictment charging KEEGAN JAMAAL ROLENC, 28, with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. ROLENC made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez in U.S. District Court. ROLENC was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, at 2:00 p.m. 

According to the allegations in the indictment, on or about February 2, 2020, ROLENC was found to be in possession of a Beretta model BU9 Nano 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a distributable amount of cocaine. Because ROLENC has prior felony convictions for third-degree controlled substance possession, drive-by shooting, second-degree assault, fifth-degree drug possession and third-degree assault, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was brought as part of the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, a multi-agency effort that brings together additional federal and state resources to assist local law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez is prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:


Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Felon in possession of a firearm (Armed Career Criminal), 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count
  • Carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, 1 count




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 17, 2020

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