Policy fellow for Minneapolis mayor faces drug, firearm charges

A policy fellow for Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey faces multiple charges after authorities say they located drugs and a firearm during a traffic stop, according to court records.

A criminal complaint states Keegan Jamaal Rolenc, 28, faces one count of first-degree sale of drugs, one count of second-degree possession of drugs and one count of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.

According to the complaint, Minneapolis police officers stopped Rolenc on Sunday after he failed to stop for a stop sign.

The complaint says when Rolenc rolled down the window of his vehicle, the police officers smelled marijuana coming from inside the car.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found a mason jar with "trace amounts of marijuana."

Police also found a backpack that contained a loaded handgun, according to the complaint.

The complaint states a total of 40.6 grams of cocaine were recovered during the search, as well as a digital scale.

According to Frey's office, Rolenc started working 30 hours a week as a policy fellow in early January. He has since been suspended.

Rolenc's work has focused on economic development and real estate, according to the mayor's office.