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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 16, 2018

Man Charged With Possession of Stolen Firearms

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that STEVEN RE, age 41, was charged on February 15, 2018, in a two-count indictment with possession of stolen firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(j).

According to the indictment, RE possessed a .22 caliber rifle, a .410 gauge shotgun, and a 20-gauge shotgun while knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the firearms were stolen. If convicted, RE faces as to each count a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan McLaren is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated February 16, 2018