Five Americans, one Russian and a Serb were arrested in Haiti and charged with a criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of weapons.
The group, which also included one Haitian, was arrested at a police checkpoint near the Central bank with assault rifles, pistols, bulletproof vests and drones.
There are several questions surrounding the arrests of the men, including why they are in Haiti, for what purpose, and chiefly, who hired them?
Haitians are speculating the detained men are international mercenaries sent to the country to terrorize the people.
State Department reacts
The State Department responded to reports that five Americans in Haiti were arrested in Port-au-Prince.
“We understand that the Haitian National Police detained a group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens. When U.S. citizens are arrested overseas we seek Consular Access as soon as possible and provide appropriate Consular assistance as provided by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” a State Department spokesperson said. It did not comment further.