This U.S. Marine flew guns to Haiti so he could teach the army how to shoot, and then ‘become president’

This U.S. Marine flew guns to Haiti so he could teach the army how to shoot, and then ‘become president’
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The U.S. Marine would fly to Haiti with trunks full of weapons, armour and ammunition, train Haiti’s newest soldiers how to shoot, and as a result make the country more stable. In the end, he himself would rule the island nation.

Now, federal prosecutors in Raleigh, North Carolina have charged him with gun smuggling, the Miami Herald reports , after he arrived at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince with his own personal arsenal on Nov. 12. His luggage included suitcases and plastic boxes containing weaponry, and court filings indicate he was in active service when detained.

Duroseau is reported to be originally from Haiti, and flew there from the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, North Carolina, court documents allege. In total he brought eight guns, body armour, and a U.S. Marines uniform with his own name on it, the New York Times reports.

Officials in Haiti told the Miami Herald that, once Duroseau landed there, “they became suspicious when they saw the three black cases, two of which were long. Most often the cases mean guns are inside.”

Arrest in the afternoon of Tuesday at the airport Toussaint Louverture Jacques Yves Duroseau in possession of five pistols and two assault rifles. The man, who would be an American soldier, traveled aboard an American Airlines flight from Miami. #Haiti

With Duroseau on the flight was a person referred to in court documents as a “known individual.” This person is an inactive reserve in the Marines, the New York Times reports, citing the filings. When police interviewed that person, they told detectives that Duroseau was headed to Haiti because he “wanted to help Haiti and wants to become President of Haiti.”

One of the weapons found in the Marine’s luggage is seen in this image from social media. Twitter

When investigators interviewed Duroseau on Nov. 23, he said he went there to “defeat the thugs that have been creating a little bit of part of the instability.”

Duroseau said he deliberately had himself arrested to bring attention to himself so he could gain a platform.

“I know why I brought them. It’s still part of the attention I need,” he told detectives, according to the New York Times.

The Nov. 27 U.S. indictment says Duroseau is a firearms instructor in the Marines. The Haitian army has only recently been reconstituted after being disbanded in 1995 by the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, in reaction to decades of human rights abuses.

Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau seen in U.S. Marine training.

Haiti has descended into chaos, with its beleaguered President Jovenel Moise admitting last month that the nation is in dire straits. Protests have raged against Moise, 51, for months. He faces widespread anger over galloping inflation, rampant insecurity and allegations of corruption.

“We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis,” Moise said. “We need international support to get through this crisis.”

A policeman holds his gun while riding on the bed of a truck as demonstrators protest to demand the resignation of Haitian president Jovenel Moise and to mark the 216th anniversary of Battle of Vertieres, the last major battle of Haitian independence from France, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti November 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jeanty Junior Augustin

It remains unclear where Duroseau is being held.

In a profile of Duroseau on the Marines’ website, it is pointed out that he was inspired to become a Marine as a young boy in Haiti, when he saw U.S. troops stationed there. He later moved to the U.S., finishing high school in Brooklyn in 2006, before returning to Haiti for college.

“When I was a kid, I saw the marines back home (because) we had a little war going on, that was the first time I saw them and I hope to be one of them. Since that day I had it in the back of my head where I wanted to be a U.S. Marine.

“My mother was never up for it. She (would say) ‘no I don’t want you to join. Next thing they’ll be sending you to war you’re the only son I have I just don’t want to lose you.’”

Sgt. Jacques Yves Duroseau fires rounds at a moving target after maneuvering in a simulated battle environment at Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria, Australia, May 11, 2016.

In the profile, Duroseau outlines how he was trapped in his home for four days during the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and after escaping that nightmare, decided to enlist immediately upon returning to the U.S.

He says in the interview that humility is key when instructing Marines in the use of weaponry:

“Its good to let them know that you care about them and let them know they need to pay attention because being a rifleman is what we are all about. Every Marine is supposed to be a rifleman but that isn’t always the case, and it falls on us.

“We make sure they come to us to get that training and we make sure that we give them our best and they understand the fundamentals of marksmanship.”

— with files from Reuters

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