A Buffalo man is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of drug trafficking and firearm charges Thursday morning.
42-year-old Harold Howard of Buffalo, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, possession of firearms and ammunition while being a convicted felon, and unlawful possession of a machine gun.
According to attorneys, Howard was arrested following a long term investigation. In November of 2011, during a search warrant at Howard's Elmer Street home, police found three kilograms of cocaine and three loaded firearms in his vehicle.
Howard had transported cocaine between Atlanta and Buffalo between 2008 and November 2011.
In November of 2008, he was stopped in Atlanta with $104,000 and a loaded gun. In November 2009, he was arrested in Buffalo after being stopped with cocaine and a loaded firearm and has been serving in a state prison ever since.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 30, 2013. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in prison.