Jailed Man Gets More Federal Time In Drugs Case That Spanned South Arkansas, Louisiana | Northern Louisiana
A federal prison sentence ended a case that included drug trafficking in Columbia County, the parishes of Webster and Claiborne in Louisiana, and drug smuggling in the Angolan penitentiary in Louisiana.
Damione Brock, 42, was sentenced by US District Judge Donald E. Walter to spend 24 years and 4 months in prison, followed by 5 years on probation, for conspiracy to deal with drugs.
Other co-defendants including Kagan Weaver of Waldo, Patrick Clayton of Springhill, LA and others were also convicted of conspiracy or other drug trafficking charges in connection with the case.
Brock was convicted of the indictment by a federal jury after a two-day trial in April 2021. Evidence presented at the trial showed the jury that agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) opened a case. 2018 investigated drug trafficking activity in the Plain Dealing and Springhill Areas of Louisiana.
During their investigation, officers requested permission to use wiretaps and were able to intercept phone calls and texts between Brock and Roderick Dewaine Hogan, 40, of Plain Dealing, LA. Evidence indicated that they discussed the delivery of methamphetamine to Brock while he was a prisoner at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
Brock, who was serving a long sentence in Angola for possession of cocaine, was using a smuggled cell phone to communicate with Hogan. Brock had arranged for the methamphetamine to be brought to him in Angola, using a courier and Keisarah McGee, a woman who worked in the prison as a correctional officer.
DEA agents observed the transport of the methamphetamine, which was hidden in fake soda cans driven from Bossier City to Alexandria by one of Brock’s couriers. The courier, Marvin Beck, placed the package in McGee’s vehicle, who then took possession of the methamphetamine hidden in fake soda cans with the intention of transferring them to Angola when he reported to work. DEA officers alerted investigators from the Louisiana Department of Corrections to expect the officer to attempt to enter the facility with the hidden narcotics. Investigators were able to stop his vehicle at Angola’s front door and seized the methamphetamine before it entered the facility.
Additionally, agents uncovered a separate plot involving Hogan to distribute cocaine in the Springhill, LA and Arkansas areas. Between October and December 2018, Hogan conspired with Steven Dewayne Gilbert, Patrick Clayton and Kagan Weaver to distribute and possess with the intention of distributing cocaine. DEA agents were able to intercept numerous phone calls between these defendants during which they discussed the distribution of cocaine and the conversion of powdered cocaine into crack cocaine. On December 18, 2018, it was discovered that Clayton had individually wrapped packets of cocaine for street-level distribution.
Law enforcement officers received additional information that Weaver intended to purchase cocaine from Gilbert for distribution to individuals in Arkansas. On December 14, 2018, officers observed Weaver arrive in Springhill and meet Gilbert. They both went to a residence in Plain Dealing which belonged to Hogan where the cocaine was bought from Hogan. Weaver then traveled to Arkansas where he was arrested by law enforcement and found in possession of the cocaine.
An analysis of the drugs seized from these defendants was carried out by the DEA laboratory and turned out to be cocaine.
“Some of the defendants convicted in this case, who are from the Western District of Louisiana, used the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola to facilitate this conspiracy. This office will continue to aggressively prosecute repeat drug traffickers who have no respect or respect for the law. In addition, state corrections officers are held to high standards and are responsible for policing state prisons, not helping inmates to commit other crimes. “
All the co-defendants in this case have been convicted and their names, convictions and information are as follows:
Steven Dewayne Gilbert, 39, of Springhill, LA, was sentenced on June 19, 2020 to 188 months (15 years, 8 months) in prison, followed by 6 years on probation.
Roderick Dewaine Hogan, 40, of Plain Dealing, LA, was sentenced on April 23, 2021 to 200 months (16 years, 8 months) in prison, followed by 5 years on probation.
Keisarah McGee, 30, of Woodville, MS, was sentenced to 87 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release.
Kagan Weaver, 24, from Waldo was sentenced to 10 months in prison, followed by 3 years on probation.
Marvin Beck, 45, of Dallas was sentenced to 4 years of supervised probation.
Patrick Clayton, 44, of Springhill, LA, was sentenced to 1 day in jail, with time served credit, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown and Assistant United States Prosecutor J. Aaron Crawford.