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Former U.S. Marine Found Guilty Of Trying To Smuggle Firearms Into Haiti

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

A federal jury has found a former U.S. Marine guilty on multiple counts of attempting to illegally smuggle guns from the U.S. to Haiti.

The Justice Department said there is evidence the man, who was an active duty Marine at the time, intended to train the Haitian Army "in order to engage in foreign armed conflict."

Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, 34, a Haitian-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was found guilty Thursday after a three-day trial.

He was convicted of five counts and a Justice Department spokesperson told NPR that Duroseau is scheduled to be sentenced during the March 2021 term.

He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"The Defendant's conduct here violated our firearms laws, particularly in relation to export and licensing, but it additionally posed concerns about our citizens unilaterally acting in relation to the government of a foreign country," Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release.

"Such conduct will not be tolerated," he added.

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