Yesterday, Rashawn Long, 33, of Kansas City, was found guilty in federal court on 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. The jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdict after hearing evidence to U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes, ending a trial that began Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Since Long has prior felony convictions for second degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and trafficking drugs; which under federal law is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony, sentencing will be not be scheduled till after the completion of a presentence investigation is done by the United States Probation Office.
The incident that lead to Rashawn Long's arrest happened on Oct. 26, 2013 when officers got a call from a female homeowner who stated that a man she did not know was knocking on her door and that he parked his 2013 Dodge Avenger in her back yard and took off. The woman was very concerned because she did not know the man or the vehicle and could not say why this man thought he could park the vehicle in her back yard. Officers arrived at the home and on approaching the vehicle noticed a strong odor from the brake pads, which is usually consistent when one drives and a high rate of speed with the brakes repeatedly engaged. A total truck was called for, and as the woman went to move her own car, she found a note from Long thanking for allowing to park, but it was addressed to someone else.
A few minutes later, Long came running up the hill, waving his arms and yelling at the officers. He said he knew the owner of the residence and that he parked vehicles there before. He explained to the 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. Upon searching the vehicle, officers 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. They found the Coke can had 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 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.