Man found guilty of cocaine, gun possesion; faces 75 yrs. in prison

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind.--- A man who was accused of hiding cocaine and a gun in a baby seat has been found guilty by an Elkhart jury.

Antyon L. Buford, 36, was charged with possession of cocaine weighing over three grams with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender and of maintaining a common nuisance.

In a bifurcated trial, the jury was first asked to reach a verdict on the cocaine and common nuisance charges.

After convicting Buford of both of those counts, the jury reconvened and heard evidence that Buford was convicted of dealing cocaine in February 1999. That conviction rendered Buford a “serious violent felon” by law, prohibiting him from legally possessing a firearm.

The jury quickly reached a verdict on the firearm charge, as the cocaine was found with the firearm in the baby seat.

The charges stem from a May 9, 2013 incident where the Elkhart Police Drug Unit responded to Buford's residence after reports of drug activity.

Upon arriving at the residence officers found Buford and another individual in the residence.

They arrested both men and while searching the residence found marijuana in plain sight, along with cocaine and a handgun hidden under a baby seat.

In the up stairs bedroom of the residence they found evidence of drug distribution.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 31, and Buford faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison.

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