Washington man convicted on drug charge



ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal jury in Anchorage has convicted a 37-year-old Washington man of attempted possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Otagus Demond Coverson of Renton was convicted Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler says Coverson’s past record and the nature of the offense means he faces a minimum sentence of life in prison.

Coverson was recorded arranging to import nine kilograms of cocaine into Alaska.

The drugs were intercepted by Oregon State Police on July 9, 2009, while being smuggled through Oregon from California.

A Drug Enforcement Administration task force linked the cocaine supply chain to Coverson. He was arrested in Alaska after opening a postal service parcel matching the description provided to him by his cocaine source in Seattle.

He will be sentenced Oct. 28.