GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal jury in East Tennessee has convicted a North Carolina man in a case that involved 10 pounds of methamphetamine, which was described at the trial as one of the largest quantities of the addictive stimulant ever seized in Tennessee.
A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Knoxville said a jury in Greeneville convicted 38-year-old Abel Martinez Tavera of Winston Salem, N.C., on federal drug and firearms charges Friday. Sentencing is set Sept. 12 and Tavera faces a maximum possible penalty of life in prison.
Tavera's attorney, Tim Moore of Greeneville, declined comment Monday about the conviction.
The statement said trial testimony showed the drug was made in the Winston Salem, N.C., area and the 10 pounds was a record amount seized in East Tennessee .
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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