LC pair sent to prison for federal firearms, drug offenses

Published 4:28 pm Thursday, June 20, 2024

Two Lake Charles men have been sentenced in separate cases involving federal offenses.

Brendan Alexander Delafose, 28, has been 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 to be in possession of marijuana, said Vicki Chance, spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office-Western District of Louisiana.

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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, Chance said.

Delafose pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 31.

Daniel Chemeeks Rodasti, 35, was sentenced to 105 months in prison, followed by three 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, Chance said.

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, Chance said.

He pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 7.