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Laplace man pleads guilty to gun possession charges

Curtis Macken

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Dwayne Brown, 34, from Laplace, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that the sentencing is currently scheduled for October 14, 2021, in the presence of Honorable Barry W. Ashe.

According to the court documents, on October 1, 2019, Brown tried to go through security at Louis Armstrong Airport. At that time, the authorities found out that Brown was keeping a “ghost gun”, a firearm with no serial number or manufacturer’s marks of identification.

The firearm was presumably assembled at an unknown time and place from a kit distributed by Polymer80, Inc. An auto sear is affixed to the gun, which permits it to fire automatically.

Brown also possessed two 30-round magazines containing approximately 28 cartridges each, as well as $35,000 in cash. Before this arrest, he had committed an aggravated flight from an officer, minor criminal damage to property and unauthorized entry of an inhabited residence. He also had been convicted in the 40th Judicial Court, State of Louisiana.

Consequently, Brown faces maximum penalties of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

Upon the investigation of this case, U.S. Attorney Evans commended the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Assistant U. S. Attorneys G. Dall Kammer and Rachal Cassagne are also handling the prosecution of this case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

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