- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man has been convicted by a federal jury on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon says 47-year-old Brian Sweeney was found guilty on Thursday. Sentencing has not been set. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities say Sweeney was stopped for a traffic violation last year in Minot. After smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, a law enforcement search resulted in the discovery of a loaded handgun.

Purdon says Sweeney was prohibited from possessing either a firearm or ammunition because of past felony convictions. The crimes include possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault, and another charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

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