Lafourche man found guilty of drug charge

A Raceland man was convicted yesterday of possession of methamphetamine charges, stemming back to an October 2018 arrest.

Lafourche District Attorney Kristine Russell announced the conviction of Dan Use for the drug charges. A jury of 6 members deliberated for just over 20 minutes before announcing the conviction.

In October 2018, law enforcement was called to Use, 57, after his dog was photographed running freely in a neighbor’s yard.

When LPSO arrived, Use told authorities to arrest him because he, “didn’t care.”

He was arrested and methamphetamine was found in his possession.

“The defendant was given ample opportunity to correct his behavior, yet he continued to show a willful disregard for the law,” said Assistant District Attorney Ben Caillouet, who prosecuted the case. “Now, he is facing plenty of time to reconsider his life choices.”

Between 2017-19, Use has pled guilty to 17 counts of violation of the Lafourche Parish ordinance – animals not permitted to run at large.

In Feb. 2018, he also pled guilty to four counts of drug offenses and was sentenced to 5 years suspended with the Department of Corrections per count and 2 years supervised probation per count.

With this new conviction, Use is facing a possible revocation of his suspended sentence from his prior drug convictions.

Upon learning of the jury’s decision, the Honorable Steven Miller ordered that Use be taken into custody and set his post-conviction bond at $20,000 pending his Wednesday, August 28th, sentencing.

Use has three pending animals not permitted to run at large charges.