Dallas Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charges
June 29 (New Orleans) - Steven Recasner, 32, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty on June 27, 2012 before the United States District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to three counts of providing false statements on firearms records, which is a federal violation of the criminal code.
In 2009, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began an investigation into the drug trafficking activities of William Stevenson and others in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The DEA's investigation revealed that Stevenson distributed approximately four bundles of heroin weighing 25 grams each to retail distributors in the B.W. Cooper Housing Development every day. Two retail distributors that sold heroin for Stevenson were Jimmy Isaac and Felton West. Isaac and West also purchased and possessed firearms. Two firearms found to be in the possession of Isaac and West following a 2009 arrest were discovered to have been purchased by Recasner. Although Recasner stated on a Firearms Dealer Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473) that he was the actual buyer of the firearms found on Issac and West, a subsequent investigation revealed that he had lied about the official acquisition of the weapons.
Recasner is scheduled to be sentenced on October 3, 2012. He faces a maximum of five years imprisonment on each count and three years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
The case was investigated by DEA in collaboration with the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (HIDTA) and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is an important program which targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations within the United States, as well as those outside of the United States borders that impact drug trafficking within the United States.
The HIDTA Task Force is led by DEA and includes a team of dedicated investigators from the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The NOPD/DEA HIDTA group consists of six NOPD detectives and four DEA agents. Unlike any other DEA group in the region, the HIDTA group works exclusively in Orleans Parish.
Also assisting in the enforcement operations were the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Internal Revenue Service.