Portland man tied to Tsarnaev brother pleads guilty

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man linked to the gun used by one of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty Thursday to dealing crack cocaine.

Biniam Tsegai, of Portland, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. He faces up to 40 years in prison without parole and a $5,000,000 fine.

According to U. S. District Court records, in 2011 and 2012, the defendant was part a drug trafficking conspiracy that acquired cocaine in Boston and distributed crack cocaine in the greater Portland area. Records said Tsegai prepared crack cocaine for sale and distribution after it had been brought to Maine and he took orders for and delivered user-level quantities of crack cocaine to customers.

He was named in a Los Angeles Times report earlier this week, having been the last known owner of the handgun allegedly used by Tamerlan Tsarnaev during the shootout with police after the marathon bombings.

Tsegai will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the United States Probation Office. No date was set.


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