Felon drug abuser guilty of possessing gun

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A jury Tuesday found Oakland pharmacist Raymond J. Zareck guilty of possessing a gun while being a felon and while being a drug abuser, both of which are federal crimes.

The 12-member jury's verdict came a week after the beginning of the trial, in which federal prosecutors said that the presence of a Remington Model 870 shotgun in Zareck's home for years showed that he possessed it. An attorney for Zareck, 56, had argued that the shotgun was owned by the defendant's brother, who lived in South Carolina.

Zareck pleaded no contest to felony drug charges in 1989 and guilty to similar charges in 1990. In 2009, Homestead police stopped him and said he swallowed narcotics he had with him. Police then searched his home and found the shotgun.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti oversaw the trial and will impose a sentence March 15.

Zareck has filed a civil suit against Homestead police, charging that they beat him and smashed his glasses.

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