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Man Charged in District Court with Trafficking in Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI – Mohammed Jubran, 27, made his initial appearance in District Court Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged with trafficking in firearms in a one-count criminal complaint, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. At a detention hearing Wednesday, the Court issued an order detaining Jubran pending trial, and set a preliminary hearing for Monday, July 18.

According to the complaint, Jubran, who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer, was trafficking in firearms on St. Thomas between September 2015 and February 2016. If convicted of trafficking in firearms, Jubran faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Sharpe reminds the public that a complaint is merely a charging document, and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is the result of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

Updated July 15, 2016