When police served a search warrant on 2722 Fremont Ave. N. this July, they allegedly found 31.4 grams of cocaine in the pocket of a jacket. In the same jacket was the ID card for Sylvester Powell, (DOB 3/10/49) who is now charged with felony drug possession.
Click here for the criminal complaint, which is a model of succinct prosecutorial writing.
Sylvester has a short but impressive rap sheet, as follows...
27-CR-90-006707 POWELL, SYLVESTER 03/10/1949 01/26/1990 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed 5TH DEG POSS CONT SUB-COCAINE Aid/Abet - GOC
27-CR-91-085449 POWELL, SYLVESTER 03/10/1949 11/22/1991 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed 5TH DEG-POSS-CONT.SUBS.CRIME - CRACK/COCAINE Not applicable - GOC
27-CR-93-020705 POWELL, SYLVESTER 03/10/1949 03/22/1993 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed ASSAULT IN THE 5TH DEGREE DISORDERLY CONDUCT
27-CR-94-111107 POWELL, SYLVESTER 03/10/1949 12/29/1994 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed AGGRAVATED DRIVING VIOLATION Not applicable - GOC DRIVE U/INFLUENCE Not applicable - GOC ALC CONC .10/+-MV Not applicable - GOC ALC CONC .10/+ IN 2 HR-MV Not applicable - GOC DRIVING AFTER REVOCATION Not applicable - GOC CARELESS DRIVING Not applicable - GOC
27-CR-95-091169 POWELL, SYLVESTER 03/10/1949 10/13/1995 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Ridgedale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DRIVING AFTER REVOCATION
27-CR-97-053278 POWELL, SYLVESTER 03/10/1949 06/27/1997 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE Not applicable - GOC
Sylvester's address on the criminal complaint, and apparently the address where the warrant was served, is 2722 Fremont Ave. N., a non-rental, non-homestead owned by Umar Al-Khattab Luqman.
It is unknown if Powell is a member of the Minneapolis Powell Crime Family. He has the same surname and a criminal record. This is plenty enough to catch the attention of this blog and merit a story as I attempt to put together all the pieces of the ongoing issue of multigenerational crime families and their impact on North Minneapolis.