Former Camp Lejeune Marine who smuggled guns to his native Haiti will spend five years in prison
By JOSH SHAFFER AND HAYLEY FOWLER | The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. | Published: March 2, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A former Camp Lejeune Marine, who had ambitions of training a foreign army and becoming president, was sentenced to prison on Tuesday for illegally smuggling guns out of the country.
Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, 34, is sentenced to 63 months (5+ years) in prison after he was convicted on Dec. 12 for conspiracy to illegally export and smuggle firearms and controlled equipment from the United States to Haiti, along with transporting firearms without a license to the Haitian Army.
Duroseau was born in Haiti and is a naturalized citizen of the U.S., according to a news release from U.S. Dept. of Justice.
During the trial, evidence showed Duroseau held the rank of sergeant, along with a co-conspirator. Both impersonated high ranking military officers and pretended to be on military business in order to facilitate the illegal transportation of eight firearms.
The guns included a Ruger model Precision Rifle 300WIN MAG and a Spike's Tactical model ST15, as well as copious ammunition, riflescopes, and body armor, via commercial aircraft to Haiti. The evidence further showed that Duroseau's purpose was to train the Haitian Army with the firearms and equipment in order to engage in foreign armed conflict.
Starting in April 2019, Duroseau began making plans to return to Haiti, contacting a person in the country not identified in court documents about his plan, as previously reported by the Marine Corps Times.
Duroseau was able to get a friend, only identified as "TH", along with a sergeant in the Marine Corps' Individual Ready Reserve to doctor paperwork claiming he was a Marine colonel on orders to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. TH also purchased Duroseau an American Airlines airplane ticket from Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern for Nov. 11, 2019, to Haiti.
On Nov. 11, 2019, the pair arrived at the airport. Duroseau was in plainclothes but his IRR sergeant friend was dressed in Marine utilities with the rank of captain. They brought along three suitcases and three containers, two of which were filled with firearms and a third full of ammunition.
When Duroseau landed in Haiti, he was detained and his luggage and items were inspected. He told investigators he had traveled to his native Haiti to help Haitian people, "defeat the thugs that have been creating a little bit of part of the instability in Haiti."
After the trial, the jury decided that the firearms and equipment should be forfeited.
In all, Duroseau had brought eight firearms, including four 9mm pistols, one .45 caliber pistol, two 5.56 mm semi automatic rifles and one .300 Winchester Magnum bolt action rifle.
The investigation of this case was conducted by agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Homeland Security Investigations. Additional assistance was provided by the Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service and Directorate of Trade Controls, the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Trevor DunnellThe Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.