Two More To Plead Guilty In Desperado’s Case
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The last two Desperado's employees charged in the federal drug and prostitution case have indicated they'll plead guilty.
Officials say that leaves only strip club owner James Panos and his wife, Jennifer, to stand trial in May on drug distribution and racketeering charges.
The Advocate reports Acquila Shanete Latigue and Gerald Cormier said in documents they'll change the not guilty pleas they made last year. Cormier's hearing is scheduled for March 20. The date of Latigue's change of plea has not been determined.
Federal prosecutors allege prolific prostitution and drug distribution was a daily and nightly occurrence at the club, where women danced nude or almost nude.
Federal, state and local agents raided Desperado's in December 2012 after a months-long undercover investigation, padlocking the doors after a daylight raid.