ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Ham Lake man has pleaded guilty to illegal possession of multiple firearms and possession for the purpose of distributing cocaine, Interim US Attorney Charles J. Kovats said.
According to court documents, on September 13, 2019, officers from the St. Paul Police Department performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Steven Michael Lincoln, 34. After observing a large bag of marijuana in the front passenger seat, officers asked Lincoln to exit the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered a small bag containing cocaine, a loaded .380 caliber Ruger pistol, a loaded .45 caliber Kimber pistol, several sandwich bags of prepackaged marijuana, a digital scale, $ 986 in cash, 10 vials containing varying amounts of cocaine and two additional sachets of cocaine each containing approximately 3.5 grams.
According to court documents, on January 4, 2020, officers from the St. Paul Police Department observed Lincoln asleep in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck parked in an alleyway. After instructing Lincoln to exit the vehicle, officers located under the driver’s seat a loaded Brugger and Thomet gun, TP9 9mm, with sling, attached vertical grip, attached red dot sight, magazine of 30 cartridges inserted and one cartridge in the chamber. Another search of the vehicle revealed a bulletproof vest, three Glock 9mm magazines, two loaded TP9 high capacity magazines, 18 loose 9mm rounds and a .40 caliber cannon for a Glock 23.
Because he was previously convicted of a felony in Ramsey County, Lincoln is prohibited from owning any firearms or ammunition at any time.
Lincoln pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright to possession of a firearm as a criminal, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of an unregistered firearm . A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.
This case is the result of investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the St. Paul Police Department and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy U.S. prosecutors Benjamin Bejar and Chelsea A. Walcker are continuing the case.