Federal jury convicts Leesville man of drug charges

The following is a news release from the United States Attorney's Office:

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 announced.

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.

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.