BOSTON — A New Bedford man could be facing decades of prison time after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of illegally possessing a firearm and selling cocaine.

Khyron Thompson, 32, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition and one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges Thompson was found in possession of a loaded .32-caliber Hi-Point pistol on February 13, 2020. Because Thompson already has a prior felony conviction, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition. It is also alleged that on that same date, Thompson sold a quantity of cocaine.

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If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, Thompson could face up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The charge of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute cocaine provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $1 million.

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