4 accused of arms trafficking in support of a gang that claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of missionaries in Haiti

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Three Haitian nationals and a US citizen are facing arms trafficking charges for allegedly smuggling firearms and ammunition into Haiti for the 400 Mawozo gang. The gang claimed last year kidnap a group of missionaries.

Joly “Yonyon” Germine, 29, Eliande Tunis, 43, Jocelyn Dor, 29, and Walder St. Louis, 33, are charged with smuggling, money laundering and conspiracy, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Justice. Germine, Dor and St. Louis are Haitian nationals and Tunis is a US citizen. Tunis, Dor and St. Louis all reside in Florida. Germine has been imprisoned in Haiti since 2018, the Justice Ministry said, but, according to an indictment from last year that was uncovered on Wednesday, he leads the 400 Mawozo gang from prison using cellphones. “unsupervised”. He was transferred to the United States on Tuesday, the Justice Department said.

Tunis, Dor and St. Louis were apprehended in Florida in October and November 2021. They have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to the indictment, from September to November 2021 at least, Germine allegedly ordered the three others to purchase several firearms, including rifles, shotguns and pistols, to be sent to Haiti for use by the 400 Mawozo gang. Both Dor and St. Louis have concealed carry permits in Florida.

The three men reportedly sent the weapons and ammunition back to Haiti, hiding them in shipping barrels with other items such as “clothing, shoes and Gatorade.”

The indictment also alleges that Germine had been in contact with a man referred to as Individual 2, who is described in the indictment as a “Haitian national and leader of 400 Mawozo.” According to the indictment, Individual 2 claimed responsibility for the October 2021 abduction of 16 U.S. citizens, including five children, and a Canadian citizen who were in Haiti doing missionary work for Christian Aid Ministries.

“Individual 2 would instruct Germine on the types of firearms needed by 400 Mawozo,” the indictment said, adding that “Tunis, Dor and Saint-Louis obtained from Germine the specifications of the weapons and ammunition that Germine and Individual 2 wanted to send to Haiti. for the use of 400 Mawozo.”

The gang had demanded a $1 million ransom for each of the hostages, according to the indictment. Two hostages were released in November and three others were published early December. The other 12 were released later in December. It was unclear how their releases were secured or if a ransom was paid.

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