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Judge Sentences Defendants In Strip Club Case

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge businessman and another defendant in a federal drug and prostitution case involving a now-closed club in Carencro have been sentenced.

The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote sentenced Dipak Vora to 10 months in federal prison on Thursday. Vora owned the land and building that housed Desperado’s.

The club was raided in December 2012 by local, state and federal agents.

Vora and nine others, including club owners James and Jennifer Panos, were charged in a 2013 multi-count indictment. The Panoses are scheduled for sentencing Nov. 14.

Gerald Cormier, of Carencro, was sentenced to 29 months in federal prison for selling 500 to 1,999 grams of cocaine to Desperado’s customers and dancers.

Cormier pleaded guilty in March.

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