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Town of Tonawanda man convicted on gun, drug charges

A federal jury has convicted Elijah Iverson, 38, of the Town of Tonawanda, on a variety of gun and drug charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

He faces 15 years to life in prison and a $1 million fine when he appears for sentencing Oct. 25 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, who presided over his trial.

Prosecutors said Iverson called Town of Tonawanda Police on Oct. 22, 2014 to report that a gunman was attempting to enter his Kenmore Avenue apartment. When officers arrived, there was no sign of the gunman, but a police dog detected narcotics.

Officers returned the next day with a search warrant and found an assault weapon, ammunition, a pound of marijuana and cash in a safe in Iverson’s bedroom closet. More ammunition and about two ounces of crack cocaine were found in his young daughter’s bedroom. Investigators said Iverson cannot have firearms legally because of three previous felony convictions.

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