Federal prosecutors say a U.S. Marine caught smuggling weapons into Haiti advised investigators he wished to assist the nation’s army study marksmanship and defeat “thugs” inflicting instability
A U.S. Marine caught smuggling weapons into Haiti advised investigators he wished to assist the nation’s army study marksmanship and defeat “thugs” inflicting instability, in response to a prison criticism.
The prison criticism filed final week in a North Carolina federal court docket fees Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms. Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage together with eight firearms however lacked wanted authorization to take them overseas.
Duroseau, an active-duty U.S. Marine, and one other unnamed particular person flew from an airport in New Bern, North Carolina, to Port Au Prince Haiti on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, with two plastic containers of firearms and a 3rd with ammunition, in response to the prison criticism.
Duroseau had stuffed out a firearm declaration type with American Airways stating he was carrying unloaded weapons however didn’t have permission from the U.S. Marines to go away the nation or permission from U.S. authorities to export firearms, in response to the criticism signed by Homeland Safety Particular Agent Charles Kitchen.
Haitian authorities took Duroseau into custody and finally, he was questioned by U.S. Naval Prison Investigative Service brokers in that nation.
The prison criticism stated he advised the brokers he had traveled there to “defeat the thugs that have been creating a little bit part of the instability in Haiti.” In describing the eight firearms, he advised the brokers he “picked every gun” to show marksmanship to the Haitian Military, in response to the criticism.
Authorities say he bought at the very least a few of the weapons at shops in North Carolina and Virginia. Kitchen acknowledged that Duroseau additionally introduced physique armor and an officer’s uniform with him. The criticism doesn’t state his rank.
The prison criticism stated the opposite particular person with Duroseau, who wasn’t recognized, advised brokers Duroseau “was in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti to tell them that he wanted to be President of Haiti.” The prison criticism doesn’t checklist any fees in opposition to the second particular person.
The digital court docket docket didn’t checklist a protection legal professional who might converse on Duroseau’s behalf, and a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s workplace didn’t instantly return a message asking if he has a lawyer. The docket additionally lists a variation of his surname as Durosau, however the indictment refers to him as Duroseau all through.
A federal Justice of the Peace decide issued an arrest warrant for Duroseau final week and requested the U.S. Marshal’s Workplace to serve it. The spokesman for the prosecutor’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a query about whether or not Duroseau had returned to the U.S.
This story has been up to date to make clear that fees have been contained in a prison criticism, relatively than an indictment.
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