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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lafayette man sentenced to more than 8 years in prison for possessing cocaine, firearm

LAFAYETTE, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Lafayette man was sentenced Monday to 100 months in prison for cocaine and firearm possession.


Douglas Dugas, 34, of Lafayette, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the July 12, 2016 guilty plea, Lafayette police pursued a vehicle on May 12, 2015 after it fled during a traffic stop. The pursued vehicle drove by a business on Johnston Street, and the driver discarded a bag. Later, employees of the business found a bag in the parking lot containing crack cocaine, marijuana, a large sum of money, a .357 caliber pistol and a cell phone. The phone contained pictures and data indicating Dugas was the primary user. An examination of the crack cocaine confirmed it to be 25 net grams of cocaine base.


The FBI, ATF and Lafayette Metro Narcotics conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.

Updated October 24, 2017