A 41-year-old Baton Rouge man was convicted Thursday on federal drug charges involving the pain medicine oxycodone, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.

Kendrick A. Alexander was found guilty of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone by a unanimous Baton Rouge federal court jury following a four-day trial.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles did not set a sentencing date.

Trial evidence showed Alexander engaged in illegal drug dealing involving oxycodone, which Green said is a controlled pain medication that has increasingly become a drug of choice for illegal users and dealers.

Oxycodone may only be dispensed and used legally when prescribed by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-registered medical doctor for medical necessity reasons, Green noted. Oxycodone is potentially very addictive and has resulted in significant abuse by some users, risking serious injury and death, he said.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA and Baton Rouge Police Department.