Native Mob gang member sentenced to over 20 years in prison on drug trafficking, firearms charges

A Native Mob gang member was sentenced Tuesday to more than 20 years in prison on drug trafficking and firearm charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 25-year-old Tevin Jay Maurstad was sentenced to more than 22 years (270 months) in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, trafficking and felon in possession charges.

“The defendant is a dangerous Native Mob gang member with a penchant for violence. He has a long history of drug trafficking, violence, and during the course of the investigation, he tried to intimidate witnesses,” said United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “With this sentence, the court has recognized the danger he imposes to communities and has sentenced him accordingly.”

The attorney’s office said Maurstad was pulled over in Morrison County for a traffic violation on Aug. 4, 2016. During a search of his vehicle, law enforcement found a loaded .45 caliber gun, a pound of meth and digital scales. On Jan. 29, 2018, he was pulled over again for speeding and didn’t have a driver’s license. Law enforcement then found more meth in the vehicle. And, on Feb. 13, 2018, law enforcement found a large amount of ammunition and firearm accessories along with Native Mob paraphernalia in a storage unit he rented.