Drug dealer sentenced to over 13 years | “It’s a message not to distribute this deadly poison”

“The fact that he gave him 160 months, over 13 years, was a very strong sentence. I think it sent a message to any other drug dealer in this community who wants to peddle this deadly poison.”

BATON ROUGE, LA – A known drug dealer who pleaded guilty to multiple drug and gun charges, was sentenced to 160 months in prison Tuesday.

Hakeem Allen, 28, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced following his convictions for distribution and possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, clonazepam, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The court also sentenced Allen to four years of supervised release following his prison term and ordered that the firearm used be forfeited. 

According to admissions made as a part of his guilty plea, between Sept. 15, 2022 and Oct. 2, 2022, Allen sold fentanyl and clonazepam to confidential informants in Baton Rouge during controlled purchases monitored by law enforcement. 

On Oct. 4, 2022, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives executed search warrants on three residences associated with Allen’s drug activities. When officers arrived, Allen attempted to flee but was caught after a short foot pursuit.

Agents found approximately $3,105. Agents also located a Glock model 19 and a 9mm handgun with an extended magazine. Agents found a plastic bag containing approximately 7.28 ounces of marijuana, as well as a plastic bag containing 42.79 grams of a mixture and substances containing heroin and fentanyl on the route. A search of one of the homes turned up approximately 153 grams of fentanyl, eight grams of crack cocaine, 17 grams of cocaine, 18 grams of methamphetamine, 186 grams of marijuana, and one handheld digital scale.

Allen will go to prison for those charges, but one mother has hoped Allen would also be charged with her son’s death.

Pam Rivas lost her son, Shawn, to a fentanyl overdose in 2021 after Allen allegedly sold him drugs. Allen was arrested in the October 2022 drug bust, more than a year after Shawn died. Authorities haven’t charged Allen in connection to Shawn’s death.

She attended the sentencing Tuesday and said it offered a measure of justice.

“It’s a culmination of over two years, knowing from day one who was responsible,” she said. “I knew from the text messages between him and Shawn and the other person involved from day one. I’m happy with what happened in court. I’ve been waiting for some measure of justice for over two years. I knew Hakeem was responsible. I know that he murdered my son.

“Yesterday was a big weight,” she added. “It was like a big something sitting on my shoulders was lifted because I feel like the Lord answered my prayers. We had a courtroom filled with people who were there to support me.”

Rivas said she thinks the sentencing sent a message to drug dealers.

“The fact that he gave him 160 months, over 13 years, was a very strong sentence,” she said. “I think it sent a message not only to Hakeem but to any other drug dealer in this community who wants to peddle this deadly poison.”

She said she would continue to hope that Allen would be charged with her son’s death.

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