Louisiana Felon Sentenced on Drug and Firearms Charges After Selling Drugs to Confidential Informants and Other Crimes

Published April 04, 2023

Louisiana Felon Sentenced on Drug and Firearms Charges After Selling Drugs to Confidential Informants and Other Crimes

A Louisiana felon sentenced on drug and firearms charges after selling drugs to confidential informants and other crimes.

United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced on April 3, 2023, that U.S. Dionseus Wilkins, 29, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in federal prison by District Judge Brian A. Jackson after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wilkins was also sentenced to five years of supervised release following his prison term, and the firearm involved was forfeited.

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, Wilkins sold a total of seventy grams of methamphetamine to confidential informants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between February 22, 2018, and February 13, 2019, during controlled purchases monitored by law enforcement officials.

On September 24, 2019, narcotics detectives from the Louisiana State Police executed a search warrant at Wilkins’ home and on his vehicles. Prior to the execution of the orders, detectives witnessed Wilkins enter the complex’s parking garage, where he was detained. Detectives discovered nitrile gloves, safety masks, a bag of powdered sugar, strainers, and a small electric blender inside the dishwasher when searching the home. Investigators also discovered fifty-one dose units of alprazolam in the Wilkins’ bedroom dresser drawer.

An LSP trooper used a K-9 detection dog around the perimeter of one of Wilkins’ vehicles before conducting the search, and the K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs. Investigators discovered $10,000 in US currency  (100 $100 bills) in a black bag inside the vehicle’s glove compartment, as well as a backpack in the trunk. A Glock Model 27,.40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine holding 25 rounds of ammo, about 297 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 237 grams of heroin, approximately 847 grams of marijuana, and two digital scales were discovered in the backpack.

In 2015, prior to possessing the firearm, Wilkins was convicted of simple burglary in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisiana State Police investigated this case, with cooperation from the Zachary Police Department and the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Eli J. Abad prosecuted the case.