Member of Minneapolis Highs gang pleads guilty to firearms violations involving fentanyl trafficking


Date: March 27, 2024


MINNEAPOLIS — A member of the Minneapolis Highs gang has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon and to carrying a firearm while trafficking fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, in March 2023, investigators with the Minneapolis Police Department received information that James Edward Hollman, Jr., who at the time was on supervised release for a prior felon-in-possession conviction, carried a firearm while conducting narcotics transactions inside rental vehicles with out-of-state license plates. On March 15, 2023, officers went to Hollman’s apartment complex in Brooklyn Center to execute search warrants on Hollman’s person, rental vehicle, and apartment unit. When officers observed Hollman enter his rental vehicle parked at his apartment complex, they moved in and detained Hollman. Officers recovered a loaded Glock pistol with an obliterated serial number, an inserted high-capacity magazine, and an attached red laser pointer, a knotted plastic baggie containing 252 blue round “M-30” fentanyl pills, and Hollman’s driver’s license from the vehicle’s center console. Officers also recovered a loaded 50-round drum magazine from the front-passenger seat’s rear map pocket. Officers also recovered about $900 cash from Hollman’s apartment.

Hollman pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Judge Jerry W. Blackwell to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon and one count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Minneapolis Police Department, with assistance from the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Minnesota Department of Corrections, and Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar is prosecuting the case.

CI is the criminal investigative arm of the IRS, responsible for conducting financial crime investigations, including tax fraud, narcotics trafficking, money-laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, identity theft and more. CI special agents are the only federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction over violations of the Internal Revenue Code, obtaining a more than a 90 percent federal conviction rate. The agency has 20 field offices located across the U.S. and 12 attaché posts abroad.