Apr 16, 2010 2:15 PM by Katie Durio

Leesville Man Facing Mandatory Life in Prison


Lafayette, La.: Courtney Donell Zeno, 39, of Leesville, La., was convicted by a federal jury

late yesterday afternoon following a two day trial for distribution of crack cocaine and possession

of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan


According to court testimony, Zeno sold more than 120 grams of crack cocaine to undercover

agents on six separate occasions in Leesville, Louisiana. Evidence also showed that on the day of

Zeno’s arrest, November 13, 2008, 129 grams of crack cocaine was found in a car Zeno used which

was parked at his residence. The cocaine was found in a birthday gift bag on which agents discovered

Zeno’s fingerprints. In addition to the cocaine, agents seized over $40,000 from Zeno.

Due to Zeno’s multiple prior drug trafficking convictions, he now faces a mandatory life

sentence in federal prison.

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This case was investigated by agents of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal

Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States

Attorney J. Collin Sims.



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