NEWPORT NEWS -- A Newport News man was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury of participating in a decade-long conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

According to court records and evidence at trial, 34-year-old Kelvin L. Brown was arrested on Sept. 13, 2013 in a barricaded apartment with a firearm, a scale and cocaine.

Evidence showed that Brown and his co-conspirators distributed crack and powder cocaine in the Newport News area beginning in the early 2000s, and they possessed firearms in order to protect the drug conspiracy and its proceeds. Brown also made threats against a cooperating witness during the course of the case, according to prosecutors.

Brown also was convicted of two counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On the drug conspiracy conviction, Brown faces a mandatory term of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. On the two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Brown faces a combined mandatory minimum term of 30 years in prison. On the felon-in-possession conviction, Brown faces a maximum of ten years in prison.

He will be sentenced on Dec. 8, 2014.

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