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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Laplace Man Sentenced for Being Felon in Possession of Ammunition at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DWAYNE BROWN, age 34, a resident of Laplace, Louisiana, was sentenced for being a felon in possession of ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. The Honorable Barry W. Ashe sentenced the defendant to 37 months in prison, three (3) years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. 

According to court documents, on or about October 1, 2019, BROWN attempted to go through security at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. At that time, BROWN was in possession of a “ghost” gun – a firearm that has no serial number or manufacturer’s marks of identification affixed to it. The firearm was assembled at an unknown time and location from a kit distributed by Polymer80, Inc. Moreover, the firearm was affixed with an auto-sear which permitted it to fire automatically. Along with the firearm, BROWN was in possession of $35,000 in cash and two 30-round magazines containing approximately 28 rounds each. Prior to this, BROWN had been convicted in the 40th Judicial Court, State of Louisiana, for aggravated flight from an officer, simple criminal damage to property, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in investigating this matter.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorneys G. Dall Kammer and Rachal Cassagne.

 

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Updated October 14, 2021