United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the unsealing of a federal indictment charging TYAIREON MARTEZ WEST-PORTER, 23, with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. WEST-PORTER, who was arrested on July 20, 2020, made his initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. WEST-PORTER was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2020.
According to allegations in the indictment, on March 6, 2020, WEST-PORTER was found to be in possession of a .40 caliber Glock 22 Gen 4 semi-automatic pistol. Because WEST-PORTER has prior felony convictions in Hennepin County, 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 FBI. 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 https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/united-states-attorney-announces-new-twin-cities-violent-crime-task-force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin A. Wesley is prosecuting the case.
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
TYAIREON MARTEZ WEST-PORTER, 23
Brooklyn Park, Minn.
- Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 count
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