Crime

Man convicted of drug trafficking, gun crimes in Bradenton

A man arrested after a gun and drugs were found in his Bradenton motel room faces up to life in federal prison after he was found guilty in federal court guilty of drug and gun crimes.

A federal jury in Tampa found Michael Renard Albury Jr. of Clearwater guilty of possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and BZP with intent to distribute and illegal weapons possession, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.

Albury's sentencing is set for Aug. 22.

According to trial testimony and other evidence, Albury was arrested in July 2011, after Bradenton police officers found a fully-loaded pistol and cocaine in a room that Albury had rented at a Holiday Inn Express motel. Officers obtained a search warrant for a new room Albury had rented, where they found more drugs and about $15,000 in cash, according to prosecutors.

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