09/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/17/2021 20:22
ALEXANDRIA, La. - Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Dondrea Joseph, 28, of New Iberia, Louisiana, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Dee D. Drell to 37 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, on firearms charges.
According to information presented in court, on April 12, 2017, Joseph was charged by a Bill of Information in Iberia Parish, Louisiana with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. In February 2019, while this felony charge was pending against Joseph, a Breaux Bridge police officer reported that her Glock pistol had been stolen.
On September 29, 2019, Joseph was stopped for speeding on I-49 in Rapides Parish. Joseph did not have a valid driver's license, and the vehicle he was driving was a rental. Officers were given consent to search the vehicle from Joseph's girlfriend, whom the car was rented to, and they found a loaded Glock pistol with a 33-round extended magazine and a Glock switch attached to it, which converted it from a semi-automatic to an automatic firearm, under the driver's seat. This firearm was later determined to be the same one stolen from the police officer in February 2019. At the time of the traffic stop, Joseph knew that he was under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and therefore, was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Joseph was arrested and charged with receiving a firearm and ammunition by a person under indictment.
The ATF and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department's renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney's Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.
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