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      Birmingham man, 40, convicted of trafficking cocaine

      Biniam Asghedom, an Eritrean national who was one of the DEA's larger targets in an investigation into drug trafficking, was found guilty of possession with the intent to distribute a half kilogram of cocaine following a two-day trial in district court.
      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A 40-year-old Birmingham man was convicted by a federal jury of trafficking cocaine Tuesday afternoon, US Attorney Joyce White Vance said.Biniam Asghedom, a native of Eritrea who was one of the DEA's larger targets in an investigation into drug trafficking, was found guilty of possession with the intent to distribute a half kilogram of cocaine following a two-day trial in district court.{}According to a release, Asghedom was arrested in December of 2010 following a traffic stop shortly after he left a known-drug location. After giving consent to a search of his pickup truck, officers found cocaine and $14,500 in cash. The drugs were confiscated and later underwent forensic testing, at which time two "latent fingerprints" matching Asghedom's were discovered on the material that the cocaine was packaged in.Asghedom's sentencing date has been scheduled for June 25.{}"Asghedom's conviction marks another success in law enforcement's concerted efforts to eliminate the dangerous street drugs that devastate neighborhoods and fuel violent crime." Vance said. {}
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