ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a man Thursday to 10 years in federal prison for being a felony offender in possession of a firearm.
Last November, Keane O'Kelley was convicted of attempting to smuggle a gun, marijuana and cash in his luggage on a flight from Anchorage to Atlanta.
O'Kelley purchased his ticket under a false name and checked in for his flight using a false California driver's license issued to an Eric Smith, according to prosecutors.
Airport security noticed the firearm as the bag passed through one of the airport's X-ray machines. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline found that O'Kelley possessed the firearm in connection with drug trafficking and the transportation of drug proceeds. When arrested, O'Kelley was carrying $38,000 in his luggage.
Authorities said O'Kelley has an extensive criminal history, including three prior felony drug convictions.
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