BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — United States District Judge John deGravelles sentenced a 33-year-old man to 19 years in federal prison for gun, drug, and possession of contraband in prison charges.
According to the United States Department of Justice, as part of a guilty plea, on June 19, 2019, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Probation and Parole searched 33-year-old Ashton Matta’s home and vehicle. Collectively, authorities were able to find 133.23 grams of fentanyl, $34,650, 459 grams of heroin, a pistol, and a drum magazine with 70 live rounds of ammunition. Matta admitted to having those items and his involvement in the sale and purchase of illegal narcotics.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, before possessing a gun, Matta was convicted in 2018 of possession of oxycodone. On June 11, 2021, Matta was held in the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center when a search was conducted. All inmates were escorted through a metal detector. A black cell phone was found in Matta’s possession, which was prohibited.
Along with Matta’s sentencing, he is to serve four years of supervised release.