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Three Lake Charles Area Men Sent to Prison for Committing Firearms and Drug Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that three defendants were sentenced today for offenses involving firearms and drugs, including heroin and fentanyl. United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. sentenced the defendants as follows:

Dexter Jamone Allen, 37, of Fenton, Louisiana, was sentenced to 151 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a substance containing heroin and fentanyl.  On February 8, 2022, investigators with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle Allen was driving for a traffic violation and to arrest him pursuant to a warrant for his arrest that had been issued earlier that day. During the traffic stop, law enforcement agents lawfully searched Allen’s vehicle and seized a vacuum sealed bag of suspected heroin, .45 caliber ammunition and a large amount of cash. The seized substance was sent to the Southwest Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory for testing and their analysis confirmed that the substance consisted of at least 49.81 grams of heroin, fentanyl, and 4-ANPP.  Law enforcements agents also obtained a search warrant for Allen’s residence and seized additional controlled substances, a digital scale, more cash, and five firearms and ammunition. Two of the seized firearms had been reported as stolen. Allen pleaded guilty to the charges on February 7, 2024.

Brendan Alexander Delafose, 28, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a machine gun. In July 2021, Delafose was stopped for careless driving and deputies found him to be in possession of marijuana. Officers performed a lawful search of the vehicle Delafose was driving and found a Glock firearm with a Glock conversion device attached which purposefully converted the firearm to a machine gun.  Delafose pleaded guilty to the charge on January 31, 2024.

Daniel Chemeeks Rodasti, 35, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was sentenced to 105 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Rodasti committed a traffic violation in June 2021 and was stopped by law enforcement officers.  When deputies approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. A search was conducted of the vehicle and deputies found and seized a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and an Arex semi-automatic pistol. Rodasti had a previous felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition. He pleaded guilty to the charge on February 7, 2024.

These cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Casey Richmond and Danny Siefker.

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Updated June 20, 2024

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