US Marine charged with illegally flying guns into Haiti
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. 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 Marine Sgt. 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 authorization to take them abroad.Duroseau, an active-duty U.S. Marine, and another unnamed person departed an airport in New Bern, North Carolina, on Nov. 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.Haitian authorities took Duroseau into custody and ultimately, he was questioned by U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents in that country.The criminal complaint said he told the agents he had traveled 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.The Miami Herald first reported on what was in the criminal complaint.The firearms included five handguns and three rifles, and they were able to trace at least five of them to purchases made by Duroseau, according to court documents. Authorities say they found a 2018 receipt for one of the guns, which was bought at a store in North Carolina, in his trash.Kitchen stated that Duroseau also brought body armor and an officer’s uniform with him.The complaint said he has served as a firearms instructor and knew that bringing the guns to Haiti was illegal. He told investigators he knew he would be arrested in Haiti and that it was part of a plan to get attention to make a statement, according to the court documents.The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed that Deroseau is a machine gunner assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which is based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He enlisted in 2011, according to a statement from the Marines.The statement said the allegations are inconsistent with Marine values and “if substantiated, the situation will be expediently, firmly, and fairly adjudicated.”The NCIS said in a statement that it couldn’t release further information about the investigation.American Airlines spokeswoman Martha Pantin said it appears Duroseau filled out American’s forms to ship guns and ammunition, which mostly occurs on domestic flights. She said American complies with federal regulations covering the shipment of guns and customer service agents verify that gun cases are locked before the bags are screened. She said employees do not open gun cases.The criminal complaint said the other person with Duroseau, who wasn’t identified, told agents Duroseau “was in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti to tell them that he wanted to be President of Haiti.” The criminal complaint doesn’t list any charges against the second person.The electronic court docket doesn’t identify a defense attorney who could speak on Duroseau’s behalf. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office, Don Connelly, declined to answer questions about whether Duroseau had a lawyer or when he would be brought back to the U.S. The docket also lists a variation of his surname as Durosau, but the indictment refers to him as Duroseau throughout.A federal magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant for Duroseau last week and asked the U.S. Marshal’s Office to serve it.
In win over Rams, Ravens' Lamar Jackson shows he's most electrifying player in all sports
There was Earl Campbell running for four touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins in the Astrodome. Brett Favre’s unbelievable night after his father died. Bo Jackson rushing for 221 yards and running over Brian Bosworth. Tony Dorsett, Steve Gleason, Antonio Freeman ... the list goes on.Any list of the iconic performances over the history of “Monday Night Football” has to include Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson after what he did against the Los Angeles Rams. Jackson, making his Monday night debut, threw for five touchdowns. Jackson is the first player ever to throw for five touchdowns in his “MNF” debut. He rushed for 95 yards on eight attempts. The Ravens absolutely dismantled the defending NFC champions, scoring touchdowns on all six possessions with Jackson in the game on. the way to a 45-6 win.It was one of the finest individual performances in the 50 seasons of “Monday Night Football.” Jackson will be very tough to beat for NFL MVP after that. And he has probably taken the crown of the most electrifying player in all of sports.Who is the most exciting athlete in sports?If you could only watch one player in sports, who would it be?LeBron James is a fine choice, even in his 30s. Giannis Antetokounmpo would be a great pick, as would James Harden. Even a healthy Zion Williamson could work. Mike Trout and Ronald Acuna are fascinating baseball players. Lionel Messi might be the most entertaining athlete in the world, but let’s keep it to American sports to make the list more manageable.The best answer, especially after Monday night’s show, is Jackson. Nobody in the NFL can match the entertainment he brings. He’s the best running quarterback we’ve seen, playing in an offense that is uniquely tailored to his dual-threat ability, and he has some of the best passing games in the NFL this season. He has two perfect passer ratings, and Monday night’s five-touchdown game wasn’t even one of them. All of the criticisms of his passing ability before the draft and through last season look pretty silly now. Jackson can do everything on a football field, and he makes it look routine.Jackson and the Ravens looked unstoppable on Monday night. Technically they were unstoppable considering they went six-for-six scoring touchdowns on Jackson’s drives before the game was out of hand and Robert Griffin III took over.Lamar Jackson is NFL MVP frontrunnerJackson is different than Mike Vick, Randall Cunningham, Steve Young or some of the NFL’s other great dual-threat quarterbacks in that the Ravens have so many called runs for him. The closest comparison is Cam Newton, and the Carolina Panthers never called as many runs for Newton as the Ravens do for Jackson. Jackson could be one of the best running backs in the NFL — he’s on pace to blow past Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback — though the Ravens are probably happy he ignored all the naysayers and stuck at quarterback.While called runs are the foundation of the Ravens offense, there are times when things open up for Jackson on drop-backs and he improvises with his legs. That’s when he’ll make everyone hold their breath. On Jackson’s most entertaining play of the night, he saw the field open up in front of him after dropping back, so he shot through the line and into the open field. He weaved his way through the Rams defense for 29 yards, was tackled at the 1-yard line and was clearly upset he didn’t score. It’s about the only thing he didn’t finish on Monday night. Jackson was 15-of-20 for 169 yards and the Rams had no answer for him in the passing game.There are plenty of exciting players in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are among them. Christian McCaffrey is a joy to watch. When DeAndre Hopkins contorts his body to make a contested catch, it’s a thrill.But there’s nothing currently in the NFL like watching Jackson. There’s no better show in American sports.
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