6-year term for cocaine conviction

Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for possession of cocaine and related charges.

Victor W. Bell, 47, had been indicted on charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm. In December, he pleaded guilty to the first and third counts, while the second charge was dismissed.

Bell's felony conviction dated back to the 1970s, but there is no statute of limitations on prior felonies in terms of firearm possession charges, prosecutor Stephen Cooper said. ''If you have that record, you can't have a gun,'' he said.

Police found more than a kilogram of cocaine when they searched Bell's home July 18. The search came after police heard a woman screaming and entered the home to investigate. They also found a pistol and $26,000 in the search.

Bell was sentenced Friday in U.S District Court.

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