Two men were found guilty of plotting with Manuel Noriega to trade M-16 automatic rifles for cocaine, raising prosecutors' hopes of convicting the former Panamanian dictator using the same legal tactics.

Brian Davidow and William Saldarriaga were convicted Tuesday on two trafficking counts related to the arms-for-cocaine voyage of the yacht Krill in 1986. The jury deliberated just over five hours after a three-week trial.The two could get up to 40 years in prison at sentencing May 14.