Three Southwest Louisiana Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Firearms and Drug Offenses

By Calcasieu Staff
Published June 21, 2024

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Three defendants from Louisiana were sentenced on Wednesday for various offenses involving firearms and drugs, including heroin and fentanyl. The sentences were handed down by United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr.

Dexter Jamone Allen, 37, of Fenton, Louisiana, received a 151-month prison sentence, followed by three years of supervised release. Allen pleaded guilty to possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a substance containing heroin and fentanyl. In February 2022, deputys with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office stopped Allen’s vehicle for a traffic violation and arrested him pursuant to a warrant. During the search, they found a vacuum-sealed bag of suspected heroin, .45 caliber ammunition, and a large amount of cash. Further testing revealed the substance contained at least 49.81 grams of heroin, fentanyl, and 4-ANPP. A search of Allen’s residence yielded additional controlled substances, a digital scale, more cash, and five firearms, including two reported stolen.

Brendan Alexander Delafose, 28, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a machine gun. In July 2021, Delafose was stopped for careless driving, and deputies found him in possession of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a Glock firearm with a Glock conversion device attached, which converted the firearm into a machine gun. Delafose pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2024.

Daniel Chemeeks Rodasti, 35, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, received a 105-month prison sentence, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. In June 2021, Rodasti committed a traffic violation and was stopped by law enforcement officers. Deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and an Arex semi-automatic pistol during a search. Rodasti had a previous felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition. He pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2024.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated these cases. Assistant United States Attorneys Casey Richmond and Danny Siefker prosecuted the cases.