HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - A Harvey man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after entering a guilty plea for possession and sale of fentanyl, according to the Jefferson Parish District attorney's office.
Courtney Ables, 36, entered his plea as a jury was being seated. Judge Stephen Grefer of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Ables to 20 years on each count without the possibility of probation or suspended sentence. The sentences will run concurrently.
Fentanyl, the synthetic opiate painkiller federal authorities say is linked to a spike in overdose deaths in the United States in recent years.
Ables' was arrested on March 8, 2015 by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, in a home in the 4000 block of Indigo Court.
They came to the address to investigate a complaint about a gun being fired. A resident reported that someone fired a bullet through his exterior wall and into a bedroom.
Deputies investigating the bullet trajectory traced it to the neighboring home where Ables lived with his parents. The parents denied knowledge of a firearm being discharged but allowed the deputies to search the house.
The deputies noted the bullet was fired from within Ables' bedroom. They found Ables hiding in his parents' bathroom.
In the back yard deputies found a gray lock box under an overturned children's swimming pool. The key to the lock box was on Ables' key chain. Inside the lock box were two pistols and 16 grams of fentanyl packed in individual baggies for resale.