Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Sentenced for Firearms and Drug Crimes
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DAVONTE DEJEAN, age 27, of New Orleans, was sentenced on November 30, 2021 by United States District Judge Greg G. Guidry after previously pleading guilty to drug and firearms offenses.
Specifically, DEJEAN previously pled guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), one count of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).
According to court documents, DEJEAN possessed a Glock .40 caliber firearm and 13 bullets on May 22, 2017, and possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base on May 22, 2017.
In total, Judge Guidry sentenced DEJEAN to 190 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $300 special assessment fee.
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. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.