Nov. 17, 2014 08:23 PM

Once a staple of the adult entertainment scene in Acadiana, Desperado's Cabaret was shut down two years ago, and last week the former club's owner, James Panos, was sentenced for his role in a racketeering conspiracy.

Once a staple of the adult entertainment scene in Acadiana, Desperado's Cabaret on Northeast Evangeline Thruway in Carencro was shut down two years ago, and last week the former club's owner, James Panos, was sentenced for his role in a racketeering conspiracy.

Charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, Panos was sentenced to 72 months, while his wife, Jennifer, received a 48-month sentence for the same charge during Friday's hearing in federal court.

They were joined by two former club employees, Tanja Clavier of Church Point and Acquila Latigue of New Iberia. Each received five years progation, both on charges of conspiracy to maintain drug involved premises and distribution of controlled substances.

"The defendants conspired to promote an environment of drug abuse and prostitution in our community without regard to the harm it caused," U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a statement after the sentencing.

The sentencings bring an end to a case that ultimately led to 10 convictions on felony racketeering and drug charges. In all, the feds recovered $1.2 million in assets through seizures and forfeitures.

Since the December 5, 2012, raid on Desperado's, the club's doors have remained shuttered, and the future of the property remains unknown.