Elkhart County man convicted of hiding handgun, cocaine in baby seat


A jury has convicted an Elkhart County man for hiding a handgun and cocaine in a baby seat.

On May 9, 2013, officers with the Elkhart Police Drug Unit were called to Antyon Buford's home to investigate reported drug activity.

Investigators say Buford, 36, was inside the house with another person, who had a pending arrest warrant.

When officers knocked and announced their presence, Buford apparently ran upstairs. Police learned Buford was also wanted on an arrest warrant.

Officers arrested both men and searched the home. That's when they found over 9 grams of cocaine and a handgun hidden upstairs in a baby car seat.

Police also found evidence in Buford's upstairs bedroom that drugs were being distributed in the home.

Buford was also convicted of dealing cocaine in February 1999 and was considered a "serious violent felon" by law, prohibiting him from legally possessing a handgun.

The jury found him guilty of possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and maintaining a common nuisance.

Buford is set to be sentenced on July 31 and faces up to 73 years behind bars.

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