Three people from St. Cloud have been charged as part of a crack cocaine distribution ring throughout Minnesota. Five other defendants are from the Twin Cities area.

25-year-old Orlando Walker, 23-year-old Victor Shelton and 31-year-old Shila Robinson are each charged with aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm.

The three are part of a group of nine people who are charged with offenses related to distributing crack cocaine.

Included in the federal indictment are charges that Walker and Shelton aided and abetted each other because neither is allowed to have a gun or ammunition. The federal charges allege both men were carrying 9-millimeter pistols and ammunition.

If convicted, the three from St. Cloud face ten years in a federal prison. The others face 40 years behind bars.