Va. man convicted on federal drug, firearm charges


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Newport News man faces prison time after being convicted for his participation in a decade-long drug conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Kelvin L. Brown was convicted by a federal jury on Wednesday on drug and firearms charges.

According to court records and evidence at trial, Brown was arrested by Newport News police in September 2013 in a barricaded apartment with a firearm, a scale and cocaine.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office says that the evidence showed Brown and his co-conspirators distributed crack and powder cocaine in the area beginning in the early 2000s.

Prosecutors also say they possessed firearms in order to protect the drug conspiracy and its proceeds. They say Brown also made threats against a cooperating witness.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 8.

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