Marine charged with illegally flying guns from New Bern to Haiti

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - A Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti took off from the airport in New Bern.

Jacques Duroseau - U.S. Marine photo

A criminal complaint obtained by WITN says Jacques Duroseau brought eight guns, some of which were purchased in Jacksonville, on an American Airlines flight bound for Haiti on November 11.

According to the indictment, Duroseau did not have the correct licenses to take the guns on board or permission from the Marines to leave the country.

When he touched down in Haiti, he was stopped by customs, taken into custody and ultimately questioned by U.S. Navy investigators.

Reports say that he told investigators he was planning to help the Haitian Army "defeat the thugs that have been creating'' instability in the country.

The complaint also says the person traveling with Duroseau told investigators that Duroseau wanted to move to Haiti when he got out of the Marine Corps and become president there.

A spokesman for the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport said all procedures were followed when Duroseau declared the weapons for a domestic flight.

In a statement, American Airlines said it appears the Marine filled out the required forms for the transport of firearms and ammo, which they say it primarily used to transport weapons in checked bags to locations here in the U.S.

The airline says there are specific requirements for international flights.

American did not explain how the guns managed to get on the flight to Haiti.


American Airlines statement

American Airlines is aware that a passenger who was transporting firearms in their checked bags was arrested by Haitian authorities Nov. 12 and has been charged by federal authorities. American is cooperating with authorities on this matter.

After an initial review, it appears the passenger filled out American's required forms regarding the transport of firearms and ammunition, which is primarily used when our customers transport these items in their checked bags to domestic locations in the United States. There are specific requirements for international destinations including Haiti for the importation of firearms and ammunition.

Please note we communicate all requirements online and our reservations agents can discuss with customers. We comply with all TSA requirements and our customer service agents verify at check-in that the gun case containing the firearm(s) is locked and meets all TSA-mandated requirements. Once we complete those steps the complaint baggage containing a firearm(s) is transferred to TSA for security screening. Customers are required to sign a letter of compliance.