KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today of illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms.
Rashawn Long, 33, of Kansas City, was found guilty of both counts contained in a Nov. 15, 2013, federal indictment. Long was convicted of one count of possessing Buphedrone (also known as bath salts, a controlled substance similar to methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms.
Kansas City, Mo., police officers responded to a call about a suspicious person on Oct. 26, 2013. Officers contacted a homeowner, who stated that a man she didn’t know had been knocking on her door. She also told officers that he parked his 2013 Dodge Avenger in her back yard area and left. She had no idea who the vehicle belonged to or why it was parked in her back yard.
Officers noticed that the vehicle had a strong brake pad odor, which was consistent with it having been recently driven at a high rate of speed with the brakes repeatedly engaged. One of the officers requested a tow truck to come pick up the vehicle. When the resident went to move her own vehicle so that the tow truck could get into her back yard, she found a note from Long, but addressed to another person, thanking that person for letting him park the vehicle in her yard.
A few minutes later, Long came running up the hill, waving his arms and yelling at the officers. He told the officers that he knew the owner of the residence and that he parked vehicles there before. Long also told officers that he was trying to hide his car from his fiancé while he visited another woman who lived down the block, and did not want anyone to see him. Long, who had two active arrest warrants, was taken into custody.
When officers searched Long’s vehicle, they found a backpack that contained a stun gun, a can of pepper spray, a digital scale with residue, a digital video camera and a Coke can. Inside the Coke can was a false compartment that contained 5.67 grams of Buphedrone.
When officers reviewed the contents of the digital video camera, they found at least two images in which Long flashed a Glock semi-automatic handgun.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Long has prior felony convictions for second degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and trafficking drugs.
Under federal statutes, Long is subject to a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1,250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes, ending a trial that began Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Marquez and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.