FARGO (AP) - A Melville man has been sentenced to life in prison - plus 25 years - on drugs and weapons charges.

Gerald Johnson, 53, was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

Johnson was found guilty in July of possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and felon in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley said

The jury also found that Johnson must forfeit $15,150, Wrigley said.

Authorities said he was arrested in March after they found methamphetamine and cocaine, vials of morphine, prescription narcotic pills, two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and $15,000 cash, in buildings he owned. They said he had been on probation after an earlier meth conviction.

Johnson had prior federal felony convictions in North Dakota for drugs and weapons charges, Wrigley said.

His criminal history mandates a sentence of life in prison, plus 25 years, Wrigley said.