(AP) — A United States Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country’s military learn marksmanship and defeat “thugs” causing instability there, according to a criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint filed last week in a North Carolina federal court charges Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms.
Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage including eight firearms — at least five of which he bought himself — but lacked needed authorisation to take them abroad.
Duroseau, an active-duty US Marine, and another unnamed person departed an airport in New Bern, North Carolina, on November 11, Veterans Day, bound for Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, with two plastic containers of firearms and a third with ammunition, according to the court filing.
Duroseau had filled out a firearm declaration form with American Airlines stating he was carrying unloaded guns but didn’t have permission from the U.S. Marines to leave the country or permission from U.S. authorities to export firearms, according to the complaint signed by Homeland Security Special Agent Charles Kitchen.
Media representatives for the airline didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Haitian authorities took Duroseau into custody and ultimately, he was questioned by US Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents in that country.
The criminal complaint said he told the agents he had travelled there to “defeat the thugs that have been creating a little bit part of the instability in Haiti.”
In describing the eight firearms, he told the agents he “picked every gun” to teach marksmanship to the Haitian Army, according to the court documents.