Three Ascension Parish men booked in weapons case

Three Ascension Parish men were booked this week on counts of unlawful handling of a weapon, after one of them was said to have illegally converted a semi-automatic AK-47 to fully automatic.

Bryan Arceneaux, 28, of 43380 Bayou Narcisse Road, Gonzales, was arrested Monday after a search of his home revealed the fully automatic assault rifle, a camouflaged military-style ballistic vest and a large number of AK-47 rounds, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Kevin Hanna said in a news release. Arceneaux’s bond was set at $20,000.

A forensic analysis of Arceneaux’s cellphone showed he had deleted email from a gun-parts website where he had purchased the part that converted the assault rifle, Hanna said.

He said deputies also found a homemade video that Arceneaux’s brother, Blake Arceneaux, 22, 10176 Lake Ridge Ave., Gonzales, and a mutual friend, Joshua Cole Stevens, had made firing the weapon.

Blake Arceneaux is currently on probation for a burglary conviction, and the terms of that probation prohibit him from possessing any firearm or body armor, Hanna said.

Blake Arceneaux was booked Monday on counts of unlawful handling of a machine gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unlawful use or possession of body armor, and probation violation. His bond was set at $40,000.

Stevens, 30, of 9147 E. La. 936, St. Amant, was booked Thursday on a count of unlawful handling of machine gun. His bond has not yet been set.