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Harvey man convicted of drug-dealing, kept $28K in a shoebox

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A Harvey man was convicted Thursday of being a crack cocaine dealer after police found narcotics with a street value of more than $20,000 in his home, along with more than 28,000 cash in a shoebox, according to the Jefferson Parish District Attonrey’s Office.

Corey Faciane, 40, was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He faces two years to 30 years in prison for the drug offense and 10 years to 20 years for the gun charge. Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court is scheduled to sentence Faciane on March 22.

Members of the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force booked Faciane on Feb. 10, 2011, after finding more than 350 grams of crack cocaine and cocaine powder and paraphernalia in his “stash house” apartment at 2201 Manhattan Blvd., the D.A. said. They also found a pistol that had been reported stolen in 2010. Faciane was barred from possessing firearms because of his criminal history. At the time of his arrest, he was serving probation for a conviction in New Orleans of illegal narcotics possession.

The task force began its investigation after receiving information from the confidential informant that Faciane was selling narcotics between two apartments, at 2201 Manhattan Blvd. and 3300 Wall Blvd. The informant then agreed to purchase half-ounce of crack from Faciane, using $500 in cash with denominations recorded beforehand.

Within 72 hours of the buy, Jefferson Parish deputies and Gretna police officers executed search warrants on both apartments. While counting the $28,215 in cash found in a shoe box in the Wall Boulevard apartment, the officers discovered the five $100 bills they gave the confidential informant to purchase crack from Faciane.

The jury deliberated for a little more than an hour. Faciane, who had been free from jail on a $200,000 bond since the day of his arrest, was remanded to the parish jail to await Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

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