- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham man who was found with cocaine during a 2010 traffic stop has been convicted of possession with the intent to distribute.

Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Eritrean national Biniam Asghedom was convicted Tuesday after a two-day trial in Birmingham. Authorities say the man was caught with about a pound of cocaine during a traffic stop in December of 2010.

Investigators have said they tracked the man from a known drug location and he was one of several people who became the focus of a Drug Enforcement Administration probe.

Aside from the drugs, prosecutors say authorities found $14,500 in the truck he was riding in.

Prosecutors say Asghedom is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.


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